A root canal is one of the most common procedures performed in dentistry today. For many people, the very idea of a root canal is cringe-inducing, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Over the years dental technology has come a long way, which means that procedures that used to seem scary and painful are actually quite simple today. If your dentist recommends you to undergo a root canal, don’t panic, this is an extremely common procedure that Dr. Van Natta has experience with. In order to ease your apprehension and concerns about undergoing root canal therapy, we are going to touch on why it is necessary and what you can expect. Knowing what the procedure entails is half the battle and should provide you with the peace of mind you need to walk into your appointment with your head held high.
Dr. Van Natta and her dental team are well-equipped to perform this simple, endodontic treatment, leaving you with a healthy and happy mouth when all’s said and done. Believe it or not, but a root canal can actually save your natural teeth and prevent complications down the road. By undergoing a root canal when Dr. Van Natta suggests it, you can save yourself from needing dental implants or bridges later in life. Dr. Van Natta and her team have been safely and expertly performing root canals for many years, which is just one of the reasons why we are the people’s choice for this common procedure.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal, often referred to as endodontic treatment, is a form of dental therapy of the tooth that aims to clear out infection and protect the tooth from any further damage or infections. ‘Endodontics’ is the area of dentistry that addresses treating various diseases and injuries to the dental pulp. In the event the tooth cracks or develops a deep cavity, bacteria may enter into the pulp tissue, which can lead to infection and a painful situation for you. If this happens and the tooth is left untreated, an abscess may form, which can swell and cause a great deal of pain for the individual. Here is a look at a few of the most common causes of infected pulp tissue:
- A deep cavity
- Too many repetitive dental procedures
- A cracked, broken, or chipped tooth
- Some sort of injury to the tooth
In order to keep your teeth happy and healthy it is important that you take a proactive approach to your oral health, which means going ahead with a root canal if your dentist says this is what you need.
Do I Need a Root Canal?
Pain is perhaps the most likely sign that you are in need of a root canal, but it is not the only sign. In fact, there are a host of other symptoms that may indicate you have a diseased tooth or infected nerve, and are therefore in need of root canal therapy. Here is a look at a few of the most common signs that may indicate a root canal is in your future:
- Swelling and irritation around the gum tissue
- Signs of infection
- Tooth discoloration
- Extreme pain
- Sensitivity to temperatures
Keep in mind that these are not the only symptoms that may point to a root canal. For more information on what to expect when undergoing a root canal with Dr. Van Natta, please feel free to contact our dental office today. It is our goal to ensure all your questions are answered and that you go into each dental procedure with a clear picture of what to expect.