For many, the mere words “root canal” sends people to a place of fear and anxiety. Although people fear the root canal, the procedure isn’t actually painful. It’s usually the pain of a toothache that brings people in for root canals in Chesterfield, MO. Local anesthetic given prior to the root canal procedure will numb the area before, and chances are you won’t feel any pain at all. It really is no worse than getting a run-of-the-mill filling!
What else can you expect with root canals?
The Root Canal Procedure
When you have a toothache that goes from bad to unbearable, you probably have an infected tooth root. The root of the tooth is made up of tissue, nerves, and blood vessels inside of a chamber—also called a canal. Because of this nerve network, when the root is injured or damaged, it hurts.
The root canal procedure is a straightforward one. First, your dentist will drill into the tooth to remove the damaged or diseased pulp and clean out the canal. An antiseptic—usually along with an antibiotic—will be injected into the canal to get rid of any remaining bacteria. Once the canal is cleaned, your dentist will seal it to make sure infection cannot spread.
The next step is to fill the canal and seal it. Because removing the pulp weakens the structure of the tooth, a crown is usually placed on the tooth structure that is remaining. This will strengthen the tooth and enable you to chew on it again.
Root Canals Save Teeth!
Before root canals, if you had a diseased or damaged root canal, extraction was usually the answer. In most cases today, however, you can have a tooth-saving root canal.
If you need more information about root canals, contact your Chesterfield, MO dentist Dr. Robert Rahm!