Are you experiencing severe pain in your tooth? If so, there’s a chance that you may need a root canal therapy. A root canal is required whenever a tooth needs to be saved. Root canal therapy, or endodontic, treatment, are extremely common and millions of procedures are performed every year to save dying teeth.
One common misconception about root canal treatments is that they cause pain. This simply isn’t true. In fact, root canals relieve pain by eliminating the infected dental pulp.
Each of your teeth contains the outer layers of enamel and dentin. Underneath each of these layers is a soft tissue called dental pulp. The dental pulp is rich in nerves and blood vessels and helps to ensure that the tooth is developing properly. However, once the tooth is fully developed, it can survive without the dental pulp since it can receive nutrients from surrounding tissues. A healthy dental pulp is vital for keeping your tooth functioning properly; however, if it’s infected, such as from decay or an injury, it can compromise the wellbeing of your tooth. In fact, in severe cases, the dental pulp can even die which can cause your entire tooth to die as well.
To prevent this and keep your tooth from having to be extracted, a root canal treatment, or endodontic treatment, may have to be performed. This procedure involves removing the decayed or inflamed dental pulp from the pulp chamber inside of the tooth. The infected pulp can be caused by a number of reasons including severe decay, injury, or repeated procedures on the tooth. The inner pulp chamber is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected and refilled with a dental material called gutta-percha. A dental restoration, such as crown or filling, is placed on the tooth to protect it.
A root canal can be safely performed in one to two appointments. During your procedure, you will be given an anesthesia so you rest assured that your procedure will be pleasant. The dental team at Uptown Dental Gig Harbor has performed thousands of root canals so you can feel confident that you’re in good hands. Contact us at (253) 857-0835 to speak with us today.