The term “root canal” makes many people uncomfortable. Most of us are conditioned to believe that this dental treatment is extremely unpleasant and undesirable. In reality, root canals are beneficial and help to effectively treat the problem so that you can keep your tooth.
Why Get a Root Canal?
You may need this procedure if the dental pulp of your tooth has become infected, injured, or damaged in some way. The goal of the treatment is the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of injuries and diseases to the dental pulp. Some patients require this procedure because they have an infected tooth that is painful. In other cases, the patient may have had a past root canal treatment that requires follow-up work. Other patients may have lost a large filling or fractured a tooth.
The procedure is recommended when necessary to conserve the structure of your tooth, strengthen teeth, or extend their life. The treatment process has undergone many innovations in recent years, now allowing for more of your tooth to remain intact so that it can be restored. This also leads to teeth that are stronger over the long-term.
What Types of Tooth Damage Does a Root Canal Treat?
If you have a fractured or cracked tooth, you may qualify for a root canal. Grinding and clenching your teeth can also result in tooth fractures. When tiny cracks form in your tooth, it can result in sensitive nerves. Widening cracks can allow bacteria safe harbor inside of your tooth, resulting in an infection that can eventually necessitate a root canal procedure.
Dental pulp inside of your tooth can also become damaged. This soft tissue houses your tooth’s nerves and its blood supply. Various forms of trauma can require this treatment due to injury to the dental pulp. This soft tissue can grow inflamed due to the presence of a cavity harboring bacteria inside of your tooth. If you have begun noticing a sensitivity to cold or heat, you may require a root canal procedure.
If you have suffered damage to a tooth or one has become sensitive to extreme temperatures or pressure, you may be eligible for a root canal with our team at Sneed Dental Arts, located in Collierville and Cordova, TN. If you think this procedure might be right for you, contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more!