Why Would You Need A Root Canal?
A tooth is made up of many different parts including an internal tissue called pulp that lies below the enamel and dentin. This tissue is made up of nerves, connective tissue and blood vessels, which makes it very sensitive and important during the formation and growth of the tooth’s roots. Once the roots are established and fully developed, the roots become unnecessary.
Occasionally, this pulp can become inflamed or infected and cause pain or create an abscess. There may be decay in the tooth as well. If gone unchecked, then a root canal may not become an option and instead tooth extraction may be in order.
The Root Canal Procedure
Since the pulp is no longer necessary, it can be removed. The dentist will gently drill into the tooth until the pulp can be accessed. It is carefully removed and the area left behind is cleaned and disinfected. This should remove any bacteria and infection.
The area is filled with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha that replaces the pulp and makes the interior of the tooth complete. This should eliminate any pain and discomfort caused by the problem pulp. The final hard portion of the tooth is restored with a filling or a crown. A tooth that is fixed with a root canal can last a lifetime without any further problems.
Benefits of a Root Canal:
Cosmetically, your existing tooth is always the best outcome. It’s natural and matches the rest of your teeth.
In comparison to an extraction, the root canal is much more cost effective and heals faster. An extraction requires multiple visits and fittings for dentures or implants.
One of the biggest benefits of a root canal is it’s a nearly painless procedure. Modern anesthesia techniques remove the pain and people consider it a much better alternative to a tooth extraction.