If you’ve ever been to the dentist you’ve probably heard of the term “root canal” before. To some, it may be common knowledge but to others, it may be a frightening term. Getting a root canal can give your teeth a natural and strong feel without anyone even having to know. No matter if you’re an expert on root canals or if this would be your first one, knowing what will be happening can be the first step to putting your mind at ease.
First off, it’s important to know how the tooth works and why someone may need to get a root canal in the first place. Within your tooth, behind the white shiny exterior called enamel and a much harder layer called the dentin, is a soft tissue known as pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue that in unison help the root of your tooth grow and develop. Once your tooth has fully developed, there is no need for the pulp anymore as your tooth can survive by using the other tissues around it for nourishment.
If at some point you have a need for a root canal, there is no need to panic. These happen all the time as there are over millions of teeth each year that are saved via the root canal. Essentially, it is when the pulp of your tooth is either inflamed or infected from the result of decay, multiple former dental procedures, faulty crowns, or chips in the tooth. That inflammation of infection is what leads to your tooth hurting or becoming overly sensitive ton a regular basis.
The process of getting a root canal is when the pulp of the tooth is removed and filled in with a sealer called gutta-percha, then restored with a crown or filling for protection. Once the process is done, your tooth should be as good as new and back to its normal functionality. Getting a root canal can even be something to get excited about! Having tooth pain or irritation is something that can linger on for days, even weeks and can put a real damper on your day to day activities. Worrying about your teeth hurting during every meal can be exhausting and relieving that pain can have a real impact on your mood and spirit.
Root canals can be an overwhelming thought, turn to the dental experts at All Pro Dental and there is no need to worry. We can walk you through any questions you may have about root canals, feel free to call us at (781) 853 – 0111 or on our website.