Yes, we said root canal. Are you cringing yet?
If so, you probably haven’t actually had a root canal treatment, at least not in recent years from a skilled dentist. How do we know that?
Because modern root canal therapy is nothing to fear! Besides, studies have shown that most people who think this procedure hurts have never had it. Let us explain the basics of root canal therapy, and put your mind at ease.
Who needs treatment
The ugly part of the story comes before the procedure. If you suffer from chronic toothaches, sensitivity, oral infections, or abscess pockets, you might have infection lingering inside of your tooth. Once it’s there, it won’t go away on its own.
The space inside of the root (the actual root canal) is meant to protect the nerve and other sensitive tissues. It is shrouded in hard layers of tooth materials. Unfortunately, cavities, fractures, or other damage can let bacteria seep in. Once inside, your tooth is like a fort for bacteria – they hide in there and multiply, building up the enemy forces to launch more attacks on your oral health, until they are removed by a dentist.
What it involves
The boring part comes during the treatment (really). The tooth is numbed completely while your dentist opens the top to access the root canal. All of the infection and damaged material is removed. The canal is sterilized, to eliminate any lingering bacteria. The canal is then filled and sealed. Most people say it’s like having a cavity filled, except it takes a little longer. Boredom is the biggest complaint of modern root canal treatment, although, honestly, that’s not much of a problem in our upbeat, laughter-filled practice.
The final step
The truly beautiful part of this story comes after the root canal therapy is complete. Infected teeth often have cavities and other visible damage by the time they need root canal treatment. Additionally, they can become slightly brittle after this procedure. Our renowned team of cosmetic dentists will create a lovely, customized cosmetic restoration (usually a porcelain crown) to protect and beautify the tooth.
Now, why are you suffering with a toothache and postponing treatment?
Call Big Smile Dental (773-772-8400) today!