People fear few things more than a root canal. However, root canal therapy is an important tool to prevent tooth loss. While root canal therapy will always require some level of discomfort, understanding the procedure can help patients to reduce their fear and anxiety before having a root canal.
Root canal therapy becomes necessary when the pulp inside a tooth becomes infected or swollen. The pulp is made up of blood vessels and other tissue than can become damaged from trauma or tooth decay. Failure to have the problem corrected will result in significant pain over time and the eventual loss of the tooth. A root canal can also save a patient money. This is due to the cost of root canal therapy generally being less than the cost of an extraction and a restorative bridge, partial denture, implant or other tooth replacement.
In most cases, a patient will be locally sedated before having a root canal. In some cases, a general anesthesia can be used for a patient with severe anxiety or other complicating factors. To perform a root canal, a dentist begins by making a hole in the top of the tooth. Once the hole is made, the pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned. The interior of the tooth is then filled with a sterile material and sealed with a filling or crown. After the procedure is completed, most patients will have little to no pain once the sedation wears off. In fact, many people are shocked to find out how little pain is actually involved in the entire process. This is especially true when the pain of the procedure is compared against the severe pain that an inflamed tooth pulp can create.
At Mesa Dental we do all that we can to provide our patients with a pain-free experience. Contact the office today to learn about your treatment options to achieve a strong and healthy smile.