What Should I Expect from Root Canal Therapy? The Procedure and Benefits
Thanks to many myths and misconceptions, a root canal is one of the most dreaded dental procedures. But as you will discover, dentistry has come a long way from the days the mention of the word root canal would make you run for the hills. With modern dentistry, fear for root canals should be a thing of the past.
At Simply Smiles, we know how valuable your natural tooth is. As such, we recommend a root canal when other restorative treatments fall short. But you don’t have to worry about our root canal therapy as Drs. Kira Gekht and Jade Rivera use gentle yet effective techniques to ensure that the root canal treatment is painless but successful.
The root canal procedure
To understand a root canal, it will help if you know a thing or two about the anatomy of your tooth. The visible part of your tooth is the enamel, and beneath it is the dentin. Under the dentin, there is a soft tissue part called the pulp, which contains blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues. The pulp extends to the crown and the tooth roots, connecting to the surrounding tissues.
Unfortunately, when your pulp is infected or inflamed, it leads to pain or causes an abscess. But instead of removing your entire tooth, your dentist can salvage your tooth by just removing the pulp. But what should you expect from the procedure?
It begins by administering anesthesia to make the procedure comfortable. Then, your dentist makes a small incision on the tooth crown to access the inside of your tooth internals. Then we use special equipment to clean your pulp chamber and the root canals. After a thorough cleaning, the dentist fills the empty chamber with gutta-percha to keep off any bacteria. Finally, we install a crown to protect and restore the full function of your tooth.
Benefits of a root canal
Many people worry about pain during the root canal, but the opposite is true — a root canal saves you from the pain instead of causing pain. Other benefits include:
- It stops the infection from spreading to the nearby teeth
- It saves your tooth
- Preservation of the tooth means no bone deterioration
Remember, the more you delay treatment for an infected tooth, the harder it becomes to fix. So, act now! Ready for root canal therapy in Sarasota, FL? Why don’t you dial (941) 248-0754 to book an appointment with Simply Smiles? We also serve residents in and around Palmer Ranch, Lakewood Ranch, Venice, and Bradenton, FL.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is a very common procedure. It has a reputation of being undesirable and painful. But when done properly it is actually painless. Every tooth in your mouth is composed of a crown and a root. When a cavity or bacteria penetrates the tooth, the root and its nerves become irritated. As a result, the bacteria within the pulp cavity needs to be removed and cleaned in order to restore the tooth to its healthy state. Following the procedure, the tooth is fragile and consequently is restored with the natural crown for a lifetime of durability. Root canals have a success rate of 95% or greater. Most root canal are diagnosed by patients’ sensitivities to a specific tooth. Be sure to consult your dentist any symptoms or discomfort occur.