The teeth are meant to be permanent features within the body that allow you to have a complete smile throughout your lifetime. However, many people face situations where the health and stability of a tooth is compromised. Cavities, decay, infection, and trauma must receive intervention from your dentist because these oral health issues will not heal on their own. The mouth is unlike much of the rest of the body in that, aside from cold sores, blisters, and such, the mouth is not designed with healing qualities. Ignoring dental problems will only make them worse and will require significant intervention. Damaged teeth that are caught early can typically be treated and saved with root canal procedures.
If you experienced a rise in your blood pressure or you started feeling anxious at just the mention of root canals, it is only because you do not truly understand what they are. A root canal is not painful – infected and damaged teeth are painful! Root canals are procedures done specifically to save a tooth so that it can remain inside the mouth. Infected teeth are extremely painful because the nerves and blood vessels are directly being affected. If damage or infection is allowed to fester, the pain will grow to be unbearable and the damage too severe for the tooth to be saved.
Root canals are relatively common dental procedures that patients need not fear. Done under local anesthetic, patients feel no pain or discomfort throughout the procedure. Once a patient is comfortable, the procedure follows four basic steps:
- The tooth is opened, typically from the top.
- The inside of the tooth is completely cleaned out, including the tooth’s roots and any damage and/or infection.
- Antibiotics are administered to prevent the spread of any infection.
- The tooth is filled and sealed to protect it from further damage.
At Brentwood Dental Group, we want all of our patients to achieve and maintain optimal oral health. Any type of tooth or dental pain needs to be evaluated by your dentist sooner rather than later. Our practice is a place where you and your family can feel at ease and catered to. If you have any concerns regarding your oral health, please contact us today.
Posted on behalf of Brentwood Dental Group