Losing a tooth does not just affect how you look but also how you chew your food and your overall mouth sensations. For a tooth that has a diseased nerve, it is not anymore necessary to have it removed for you can instead have root canal therapy.
Inside the tooth, there is a pulp that runs like a thread going down to the root. This pulp is the source of nutrients for the tooth, as well as the passageway for the nerves. When there is damage to the tooth such as decay or cracking, infection is likely to happen. To treat the infection and for the affected tooth to be saved, a treatment of choice among dentists is root canal therapy. This is done by the dentist by drilling into the pulp chamber, removing the pulp and then drilling out the nerves. Afterwards, the root canals are filled with inert materials and sealed. A crown is then placed over the tooth to make it stronger.
Root canal therapy is a simple procedure that can be done in just a few hours, depending on the affected tooth. It can be painless since the dentist will usually use a local anesthetic while performing the procedure. However, there are instances wherein pain can be felt such as when there is severe abscess in the affected tooth. There is little to no discomfort after root canal therapy, with only about one to three visits to the dentist.
There are several reasons root canal therapy is a preferred treatment for a diseased tooth. Aside from saving the tooth, it is also a safe procedure with a promising result. With proper oral care, the treated tooth can last for a lifetime. Regular visits to the dentist are necessary such that the tooth will be properly cared for. If it is taken care of, then there will be no problems with the tooth which was treated through root canal therapy.
If you have any questions about Root Canals, any other dental procedure, or you need to schedule an appointment, please call us at 409-835-6257.