The mere mention of the words “root canal” is often enough to send fear in the heart of most people. But what many don’t understand is that the root canal is a fairly standard procedure that is no worse than getting a simple dental filling. Usually, the pain from a toothache that sends people to the dentist is much worse than anything they’ll experience during or after the root canal.
Let’s take a look at what you can expect if you come to our Chesterfield, MO practice in need of a root canal.
Reasons You Might Need a Root Canal
When the pulp of the tooth has become infected, a root canal can save your tooth—and protect the health of your other teeth. A tooth usually gets infected because of decay or because it is cracked or broken.
How to Know You Might Need a Root Canal
If you get a toothache that goes from bad to excruciating, chances are you have an infection. It won’t go away on its own; you need to go to the dentist.
Sometimes the pain is accompanied by sudden sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. You might also experience tender and swollen gums.
Dental pain is never healthy. If you have a toothache, contact your dentist right away.
The Root Canal Procedure
During the procedure, a dentist will use a drill to remove the affected nerve and pulp of the tooth—but don’t worry; you’ll be thoroughly numbed so you won’t feel a thing. After the tooth has been cleaned out, the root will be filled and sealed to protect it from further infection.
Because the root canal procedure tends to make the remaining tooth structure brittle, a crown is usually placed to strengthen it and give you back functionality. The good news is that your natural tooth is still intact.
For root canals in Chesterfield, MO, please do not hesitate to contact our team at Chesterfield Valley Dental.