Save a Tooth: Get a Root Canal
- Posted on: Jun 30 2019
Waking up with a throbbing tooth isn’t exactly anybody’s idea of a good time, but it’s something that we see patients for every day. Although a lot of patients experience dental pain because of a cavity, other patients experience similar pain because of an infection in the pulp of the tooth. When bacteria gets underneath the gums, it can reach the base of the tooth (the root) which is called the pulp. When this happens, we will almost always recommend a root canal.
What’s a root canal?
When you hear that you have to have a root canal, it can sound a lot scarier than it is. As one of the most routine procedures that we do here at our office, though, a root canal isn’t something to be scared of. First things first, the entire procedure is pain-free. We will typically use a local anesthetic to numb the area, and we can use more sedation if needed. Once the area is numb, we will access the inner tooth through the sides of the gums and remove the infected dental pulp and nerves. Then, we will get rid of any bacteria, seal it up, and depending on how healthy your tooth is; we may place a dental crown on the top of it.
Why a root canal?
The biggest reason why we encourage patients to get a root canal done is to preserve their natural tooth. If the tooth gets any more infected, we may have to pull it and then put a dental prosthesis like an implant in its place. But when we do a root canal, our whole goes to save the tooth so that you don’t have to have anything else done. Although you won’t necessarily have any sensations in the tooth, it will still be in good shape.
If you have any questions or concerns about getting a root canal done at any point during the process, reach out to our office. To learn more, contact our Webster office today and call us at 281-557-8097.