A root canal is a relatively common dental procedure and can typically be done over the course of two office visits. The layer underneath the white enamel is called dentin. For some patients, tooth decay or erosion has damaged the top two layers and entered the soft tissue known as pulp. This area has nerves, blood vessels, and tissue which helps the root grow during the course of the patient’s lifetime.
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When a root canal is performed, the pulp of the tooth is removed and the interior carefully cleaned, disinfected, and sealed. All bacteria from the infected root canal is removed so no further infection can occur, and the natural tooth can be saved. With the infection removed, the tooth can heal properly and function normally.
A numbing solution is used on the surrounding tissue, so the patient does not experience any pain during the procedure. Though many people assume a root canal is painful, it is no more uncomfortable than having a filling placed.
Some patients are concerned a tooth may not be able to survive once a root canal is performed. This is not true. For a fully developed tooth, nourishment may be derived from the surrounding soft tissue.
A tooth that is fully developed can survive without the pulp because the tooth is continually nourished by the surrounding tissue. Getting a root canal is extremely effective and quite painless when repairing and saving the natural tooth.
Who Needs a Root Canal?
Those patients experiencing persistent, lingering pain or who are overly sensitive to hot and cold food and beverages or have a sore near the sensitive area on the gumline might need a root canal but those are not the only symptoms. If there is tenderness in the gum tissue surrounding the painful tooth or if the tooth is chipped or cracked or has a dark discoloration on its surface this may also be an indicator the patient needs a root canal.
Reasons for a Root Canal
Whenever possible it is always preferable to save the patient’s natural tooth. This helps maintain the patient’s natural mouth and jaw structure which allows normal function. Removing a tooth can be far more expensive and result in improperly fitted implants which will not correctly fill the allotted space. This allows gaps between the teeth which can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, bone loss and collapse.
By saving the tooth with a root canal procedure, efficient chewing with normal sensation and bite force can be maintained. This is important because when a patient loses sensation and the ability to chew normally, wear and erosion can begin to occur because stress is put on areas of the mouth formally unutilized. Saving the tooth also helps maintain natural appearance, proper alignment and protects surrounding teeth from excessive strain and unnecessary wear.
Our team of professionals at O'Sullivan, DeLuca & Ressel Dental Care can perform a root canal and end your discomfort and pain. Let us help you by calling us at (352) 666-9898 or visit during normal office hours to schedule an appointment.