A root canal is a procedure done to save a diseased or damaged tooth. The dentist will generally recommend a root canal if the patient has a large untreated cavity and/or if they have a bacterial infection that has reached the pulp.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
A root canal is a multi-step process. The first step is administering the anesthetic in order to keep the patient relaxed and comfortable. The dentist can then use small tools to access the tooth’s interior and remove the diseased pulp. Water may be used to wash out any remaining pulp, and an antibacterial solution can be used to kill any remaining bacteria and reduce the chances of reinfection. After the tooth is totally dry and clean, the dentist will fill it with a special material, and the tooth will eventually be covered with a crown.
Isn’t a Root Canal Uncomfortable?
Not anymore. Several decades ago, root canal procedures did cause quite a bit of discomfort, but the techniques and anesthetics have improved since then. Today, a root canal relieves the pain caused by the severe toothache that some bacterial infections cause.
Can’t the Tooth Simply Be Extracted?
Generally speaking, it’s better to save a natural tooth when possible. Keeping natural teeth will help the patient retain normal chewing and speech capabilities, and they will look better. Furthermore, root canals have a high success rate, and the treated teeth can last for the rest of the patient’s life.
Talk to Our Team
If you are dealing with tooth pain or sensitivity, set up an appointment at Sneed Dental Arts, located in Collierville, to see if a root canal can help you. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with our dentist. We look forward to speaking with you!