Getting to the Root of the Problem
Did you know that there is blood inside of your tooth? No, we don’t mean that the enamel of a tooth has blood in it. Please don’t try to pinprick your teeth because we said there’s blood in them because there isn’t. Well, at least not any other part of the tooth apart from the pulp — that’s the deepest area of a tooth that has all of the blood and nerve endings. When you have an untreated dental injury, crack, or deep cavity, the pulp is what can become infected, causing pain and swelling. If left untreated, you risk the loss of an entire tooth.
So, what can be done about it?
Easy, you get a root canal…
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is an endodontic procedure that is performed in order to save a tooth after your dentist observes inflammation and/or infection in the root of your tooth — the pulp. According to Colgate, a root canal is generally completed in two visits. The first visit will focus on cleaning out the infection, while the second will be reserved for placing the crown. Specifically, your dentist will create a small opening in the top of your tooth in order to clear away any infected parts of the pulp with some pretty small tools. After which, she may clear away any residual parts of the pulp with water and antimicrobial solution. Simply put, they want to make sure there is absolutely no chance for the infection to recur because once the crown is placed in your mouth, it’s in there for good.
You’ve likely heard horror stories surrounding those two little words: root canal and reading about the process likely did little to reassure you. Fear not! There are a number of sedation options available for root canal treatments to ensure that the procedure is as painless as possible.
Benefits of a Root Canal
In keeping with the American Association of Endodontists, there is a benefit or two to having a root canal procedure:
* This goes without saying: you get to keep the tooth; you don’t need a tooth extraction.
* The procedure should be virtually painless due to advanced medical techniques.
* Opting for a root canal saves time and money — it generally costs more to extract.
Most dental insurances cover root canal treatments, which often include general anesthesia. If your insurance doesn’t happen to cover anesthesia, your dentist will make sure you won’t feel much, if anything, during the procedure. But if you think you may need a root canal, time is of the essence because the infection is doing a number on the pulp of your tooth.
If you’re experiencing pain in your tooth or gum area, a root canal treatment is likely right for you. As always, leave that assessment to the professional. Call Crown Dental at 603-521-7739, where Karen will be quick to schedule an appointment for Dr. Chen to take a closer look at the problem and determine the next steps required for your optimal oral health.