The Upsides Of Having A Root Canal
An infected tooth is no laughing matter. It’s painful, and it may lead you hearing that you need the dreaded … root canal treatment!!!!
In truth, root canal treatments have an undeserved bad reputation. While it would be better to avoid a tooth infection, a root canal procedure provides multiple benefits.
Many people fear that a root canal treatment will be painful, but it can be a pain-free procedure. All you have to do is make your appointment at Hubbard & Leath Dental.
We offer local anesthetic as well as sedation dentistry for our patients from Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills, and everywhere in between.
Now, let’s talk about some of the ways that a root canal can be good for you.
End Your Pain
As we mentioned earlier, many people worry that a root canal procedure will cause them pain. We’ve seen it many times. Patients who have no problem coming to the dentist for routine care develop dental anxiety when a root canal is mentioned.
We know that dentists haven’t always been depicted in the best light in movies and on television, and root canal procedures, in particular, have not been portrayed accurately in motion pictures.
If you have an infected tooth, you are likely to experience a lot of pain as a result of the infection. Your tooth may become more sensitive to cold, heat, and sweets. Your tooth may hurt when you try to bite or chew, or you may just have a lingering pain that never goes away.
A root canal procedure will remove the inflamed pulp that has been infected by bacteria. As your recover from your treatment, you will notice the pain diminishing until you no longer notice it. You can get back to doing normal activities — like eating a donut or drinking your morning coffee — without worry that is will cause problems.
Save Your Tooth
When we mentioned tooth infections, that’s exactly what we meant. The bacteria that cause tooth decay and cavities eat through your tooth if given the opportunity.
When the bacteria eats through the enamel and the dentin, it will reach the pulp chamber at the center of your tooth. Pulp is a soft connective tissue. When it is infected by bacteria, it becomes inflamed.
The pulp chamber also contains blood vessels and nerves, which are factors in the pain that you feel as a result of your tooth infection.
If you don’t remove the infection, it will weaken your tooth to a point where it can’t be saved. At that point, removing your entire tooth would be the only way to remove your infection.
By having a root canal treatment, you are able to save the healthy parts of your tooth. For the sake of your oral health, we would prefer to save teeth whenever possible.
Restore Your Smile
Root canal treatments are considered part of restorative dentistry for a reason. Not only are you able to restore the function of your tooth, you can restore its appearance as well.
In a real sense, you can think of a root canal procedure like an extra-large dental filling.
The dentist will start by removing the infected parts of your tooth — the pulp, blood vessels, and nerves. In the process, he will remove any decay that remains on your tooth.
The next step will be to sanitize the empty space on the inside of your tooth. Then, it will be filled with a special material that reduces your risk of another infection and helps your tooth retain its shape.
To seal the tooth, you may receive a dental filling or a dental crown. Either way, the inner parts of your tooth will be protected, and your tooth will look like a tooth again.
Protect Your Oral Health
As we have said repeatedly, a root canal procedure is done to remove the infection from your tooth. Just like other infections, it can spread if it isn’t handled. If you think an infected tooth is bad, then you don’t want to have infected teeth. Trust us on that.
By having a root canal treatment, you are helping save the tooth that has been invaded, and you are taking a step that helps your remaining teeth as well.
Call Us If You Need A Root Canal (Or If You Want To Avoid One)
It’s always better to prevent problems with good oral hygiene and routine dental care. Often you can avoid a tooth infection by taking those steps.
Our dentist office is located in Rochester Hills, MI, but we welcome patients from Auburn Hills and everywhere in between.