Root Canal Treatment
Finding out that a root canal is necessary is not always news that a patient wants to hear. The phrase ‘root canal therapy’ can even instill fear or anxiety in a patient’s mind. Although it is a common procedure, it has negative connotations for most individuals. However, with modern advancements in dental technology and patient comfort, root canal therapy is an efficient and routine experience at our offices that patients do not need to be afraid of.
At The Apple Dental Care, we do our best to offer comfortable root canal therapy. Utilizing dental equipment and sedation technologies, we are able to make your root canal therapy as comfortable as possible.
And we are able to address your concerns about the procedure before going forward.
What is a Root Canal?
This is sort of a trick question. Most people refer to root canal therapy (or endodontic therapy) as “a root canal,” but a root canal is actually a physical structure in every one of your teeth. Each of your teeth is filled with dental pulp that extends down into the roots through thin canals. This pulp contains nerves and blood vessels that bring oxygen to your teeth and keep them healthy.
Root canal therapy refers to the dental procedure involving the removal of bacterial from the pulp of the tooth. The pulp is the softer inside of the tooth, and if it there is a deep infection, a root canal becomes necessary. When this happens, your tooth is at risk of developing an abscess. An abscess occurs when the infection spreads from the root of the tooth into the tissues of the jaw bone. Abscessed teeth are very painful, and cause swelling. This is typically one of the more critical stages of tooth decay and must be treated sooner rather than later.
An untreated infection in the pulp of a tooth can lead to further decay or further complications. The pain typically increases, and the tooth may become discolored. After the tooth is treated it increases the chance the tooth can be preserved. In some cases, the patient may need a crown on the tooth as well.
If you are having toothache and seeking root canal therapy, call our friendly offices for more information and to schedule an initial appointment.