One of the most common dental procedures is root canal therapy. This procedure is used to save your natural teeth and Drs. Larry and Gary have extensive knowledge and experience performing this procedure.
When would I need a root canal?
A root canal is needed when there is an infection within the pulp of the tooth. The pulp is a collection of blood vessels in the center of the tooth. Pulp can become infected due to trauma, deep decay, cracks, and chips, or repeated dental procedures. You will need to consult with Dr. Kennedy to confirm that you need a root canal. However, some symptoms that your pulp is infected include visible injury, swelling, temperature sensitivity, or tooth and gum pain.
How is a root canal performed?
For this procedure, Dr. Kennedy will remove the damaged pulp, and the root canal system will be thoroughly cleaned. When the canals are cleaned and any damaged tissue has been removed, they will be sealed so that no additional bacteria or unwanted food particles can reenter. To protect this investment, the tooth usually require a crown. This dental crown will be custom-made to look like one of your natural teeth and will blend in with your smile. The crown will also restore your tooth so that you can bite and chew again as usual.
Are root canals painful?
There are many common misconceptions regarding the pain associated with root canal therapy. In the early days of dentistry, before anesthetics and numbing agents were perfected, root canals were painful. However, with modern technology and medications, root canal therapy will be relatively painless. In fact, you will likely be in less pain after your procedure because the infected tissue will be removed.
Why are root canals so important?
If you think you need a root canal, it is essential to get one as soon as possible. Without this treatment, the infection in the roots and pulp of your teeth can spread and worsen. Eventually, if not addressed and treated, this may lead to your tooth needing to be extracted. Infection and decay can also spread throughout your mouth, affecting your jawbone, gums, and other teeth. It is imperative to address the problem in a timely manner, as untreated infection can be life threatening.