Find out who could benefit from getting root canal treatment.
There is nothing worse than the pain of a toothache. Unfortunately, as much as you may want to just ignore this pain, it’s important that you visit our Easley, SC, dentist, Dr. David Phelps, right away. After all, this dental emergency could just mean that you are dealing with an infected dental pulp—an issue that needs to be treated with root canal therapy as soon as possible in order to save the tooth.
Why is a root canal performed?
When bacteria is able to get inside a tooth, it infects the soft tissue, also known as the dental pulp. While the pulp is important for the development of a tooth, once the tooth has fully formed the pulp is no longer necessary. Consequently, when the pulp becomes infected, we can remove it without affecting the rest of the tooth.
There are many reasons why bacteria may be able to get inside the tooth. If there is widespread and severe decay that breaks through the hard enamel and dentin layers of the tooth then this will allow bacteria to enter the dental chamber.
Teeth that have had repeated procedures may also weaken over time, which can increase the risk for an infection. Furthermore, traumatic injury or a direct impact to the tooth can also damage or irritate the pulp. In any of these cases, our Easley, SC, dentist will recommend a root canal.
What are the benefits of root canal treatment?
Of course, we know that many people hear the words “root canal” and are immediately concerned; however, there is a lot of inaccurate information out there about this procedure. Since it removes the dental pulpit also removes the source of the pain. This means that the pain should disappear not long after treatment, with some people experiencing immediate relief. The point isn’t to cause further pain but to actually get rid of it.
A root canal is also not a very invasive procedure. In fact, it’s no more invasive or extensive as having a cavity removed and filled. We also numb the area around the tooth with local anesthesia so you don’t feel discomfort. If you are particularly nervous about your root canal, talk to us about sedation dentistry, which can also help you feel more relaxed and also ease your anxiety during your procedure.
A root canal also preserves your natural tooth. If the pulp isn’t removed the bacteria will continue to spread into the roots of the tooth and the jawbone. It may even spread to neighboring teeth, leading to the need for multiple extractions. Getting a root canal when you need one will prevent these issues in the future.
Concerned? Give us a call
Do you have questions about your upcoming root canal treatment? If so, call the Southern Oaks Family Dentistry in Easley, SC, at (864) 850-9100—we're here to help!