Root Canal Therapy
By Steven Kail on September 08, 2012
If there is one dental treatment that many people have heard of but fundamentally misunderstand, it's the root canal. A number of patients are unclear about what it involves, how it's performed, and why it's actually quite helpful and necessary for continued dental health. It all has to do with the structure of a tooth. That's why we'd like to take a moment right now to go over the basics of root canal treatment. When you meet with a skilled cosmetic dentist in Jackson, you'll be able to discuss these matters at greater length.
About the Structure of the Tooth
Within each tooth is a pulp chamber. This pulp chamber leads down through the roots into the nerve of the tooth. When the tooth becomes severely decayed or damaged resulting in a breach of the pulp chamber, that's when dentists in Tennessee perform a root canal.
Why a Root Canal May Be Necessary
When tooth decay reaches the interior chamber of the tooth, the pulp inside can become infected. This can be extremely painful, and the infection may spread into other structures of the mouth via the pulp chamber. A root canal will stop the infection and the discomfort associated with the infection.
If the dental pulp becomes exposed, it can be very painful, and it leaves the interior portion of a tooth susceptible to infection. So following an injury that severely chips or cracks the tooth, a root canal is necessary to ensure no adverse affect to a patient's dental health or overall well-being. In both cases, this is a routine part of general dental care.
What Root Canal Therapy Involves
Root canal therapy will involve the removal of the dental pulp and the filling of the interior of the tooth. First, a patient will be administered anesthetic so that any pain or discomfort is reduced. The tooth is then drilled in order to properly access the pulp chamber. The dental pulp inside the tooth is removed and the chamber within the tooth is cleaned out thoroughly and sterilized.
Once cleaned, the pulp chamber is filled with a safe, inert material and the tooth is capped by a dental crown. The Jackson dental crowns used are often tooth-colored, which means that the treated tooth will be indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Do root canals hurt?
There's a common misconception that root canals are very painful, and the fact is that while there is discomfort associated with root canals, it is far less severe than the pain associated with a severely injured tooth or an infected tooth.
What else should I know about my dental health needs?
There are plenty of other cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry procedures that can help you improve the look of your smile and enhance your overall dental health. We will discuss these with you in person at our practice so you can get answers to all of your questions.
Learn More About Your Dental Care Options
For more information about all of your dental care options, be sure to contact our Bells, Brownsville, and Jackson dental care offices today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve all of your dental health and aesthetic goals in the process.
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