What Is A Root Canal?
The soft tissue of the pulp can be found well underneath the white enamel of a tooth. This area, containing blood vessels and nerves, is usually well protected. However, when decay begins to eat its way into the tooth, it can allow bacteria to enter this sensitive region. The result is infection and inflammation – which generally requires a root canal.
Endodontists commonly perform root canals to remove the infected pulp. They then clean and disinfect the tiny roots and all areas inside the tooth. After the treatment, it will be temporarily sealed until more permanent restoration, such as a dental crown, can be added. At that time, the tooth will be able to return to normal functionality.
Benefits of A Root Canal
There are many advantages of a root canal, especially when it comes to treating a tooth overcome by decay.
Preserve the natural tooth. Decay can wreak havoc on a tooth. But, with a root canal, the tooth can be preserved and extraction can be avoided.
Reduce the spread of infection. Without treatment, the infection can spread to surrounding teeth, gums, and bones.
Improves oral health. Tooth decay and infection can damage both oral health and overall health.
Enhances appearance. Sealing a tooth with a dental crown can enhance appearance. Decay and darkening of the tooth will be replaced with a natural-appearing crown.
Are You a Good Candidate for A Root Canal?
There are a few signs and symptoms that may warrant a root canal. If you have any of them, then it may be time for a visit to the endodontist.
- Sensitivity to temperature
- Chronic toothache or tooth pain
- Swelling of the gums
- Discoloration of the tooth
- Pain while chewing
In other words, you will have decay that has made it through the enamel to cause infection in the pulp. To remedy this, a root canal will be necessary.
Why Choose Forest Lake Endodontics?
At Forest Lake Endodontics, we know just how uncomfortable and disruptive tooth pain can be - and we know how to relieve it quickly. Our efficient practice puts the needs of our patients first. So, we make those who are in pain a priority.
With our state-of-the-art technology and our advanced procedures, we have the ability to diagnose and successfully treat those in need of root canals. And our compassionate team is with you all along the way.