The Myth and Importance of Root Canals

The Myth and Importance of Root Canals

October 15, 2015 Root Canals

The mere words “root canal surgery” are enough to make the strongest of people get weak in the knees with fear. But the truth is, there are so many myths and misconceptions about root canals that they overshadow the surgery’s many benefits. The real truth is that the procedure isn’t typically more painful than any other procedures a dentist performs.

What Is A Root Canal?

When a tooth is infected or becomes badly decayed, a root canal procedure is performed to save the tooth. If bacteria gets into a tooth’s canal, an infection can develop in the nerve – or pulp – that can cause pain and discomfort. The interior of the tooth will require a thorough cleaning, and the infected tissue removed. If the issue is not addressed, the tooth may die or require extraction.

How Does The Tooth Become Infected?

Once the enamel on your teeth becomes worn or damaged, bacteria can bypass it and enter the inner layers of the tooth. A cavity develops and spreads to the inner pulp, causing an infection or abscess.

What Are The Symptoms?

There a variety of warning signs that suggest you may need a root canal, including: Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks, toothaches, pain when chewing, fever, swelling near the mouth, and bad-tasting discharge.

Who Will Perform The Root Canal?

Root canals can be performed by either a dentist or endodontist.

What Are Endodontics?

Endodontists are dentists who specialize in treating the human dental pulp or nerve of the tooth in a practice called endodontics. Whether you decide to use a dentist or endodontist can depend on how difficult your surgery is going to be, and your general dentist’s comfort level in performing the procedure.

What Happens During A Root Canal?

First, your dentist or endodontist will administer a local anesthetic. The tooth is opened via an access hole (created by drilling) to remove the infected tissue within. After the interior and root canals are thoroughly cleaned, the tooth is filled with restorative material and capped with a dental crown. To keep the area dry and free of saliva, your dentist will place a sheet of rubber around the tooth.

About Your Oakdale Dentist

Al Berger, DDS provide a wide variety of care and services to meet the needs of every patient. We’re dedicated to providing a comfortable, relaxed environment for the care you need. To schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Al Berger at (631) 589-2600.

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