When you hear the term “root canal,” thoughts and reactions that follow are never positive: shuddering, cringing, and statements of “I’m so sorry” are a few examples. However, at Kotis Family Dentistry, we would like to put aside some myths associated with root canals and explain the process. Not only will this increase your understanding, but we hope it will ease your fears.
A root canal is a procedure for removing pain – pain which is caused from deep decay, an insufficient crown, or a large crack in your tooth. These types of trauma affect the pulp, a soft tissue inside each tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves, causing it to become inflamed. The point of root canals is removing the infected pulp (the source of the pain), cleaning and disinfecting the area, then filling it with gutta-percha, a rubber-like material. To finish, a crown/filling is put in place to further protect the tooth. Before beginning, we will make sure to numb the area first, ensuring that you feel no pain during the process.
Root canals are not the source of the pain – the inflamed pulp is. Not seeking immediate treatment can result in detrimental oral health. We are not saying that root canals are a fun experience, but they are a treatment to remove infection from your mouth so you can continue to chew, smile, and stay healthy. If you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Always remember to brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, and schedule regular dental checkups with us.