A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment 

Most of the people who know about Root canal therapy talk about how painful the procedure is. Their focus is on the discomfort of the process, and reasons not to try it. Other than all that misguided information emphasized from a point of dental anxiety, there is more to root canal therapy than most people credit it for. The only way to find out is to learn about the procedure step-by-step through the intricate process of saving a natural tooth.

Understanding the Process of Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is known to be the most treated dental condition in Unique dental care facilities. Truthfully, many patients have diverse symptoms of tooth decay that need to be addressed. To understand why you need root canal therapy, you must understand the process of tooth decay.

When the process of decaying beings, only a cavity is noticed on the chewing surface of a tooth. In most cases, the tooth is not even sensitive, and the cavity is not as alarming as it should be. It explains why most patients in Mesa do not get their teeth checked at this stage.

With time, however, the cavity invites bacteria and food residues into the internal parts of the tooth. The cavity features a hike that provides access to the internals of a tooth. When the inside is infected, more symptoms are experienced.

Usually, the central part of a tooth consists of the pulp chamber. This chamber houses all the soft tissues of the tooth, including blood vessels and nerve endings. However, once the infection gets to this part of the tooth, the contents of the pulp chamber are disrupted. At this point, patients experience toothaches and heightened tooth sensitivity because the nerves have been triggered by the infection.

Some patients still find a way to neutralize the pain without getting the proper treatment from a dentist. The danger if this is that it allows the infection to spread to other parts of the tooth.

A different stage of tooth decay is when abscesses begin to form at the roots of teeth. The abscesses then cause inflammation of the tooth, heighten the pain, and spread the infection to the surrounding parts of the tooth.

The Process of Root Canal Therapy

Once your dentist has checked out your tooth, he/she can determine the level of damage the infection has caused to your tooth. This information helps determine whether or not you are a fit candidate for the process. Technically, your tooth has to be sturdy enough to withstand the process. This means that most of your natural tooth structure should be salvageable.

The Process begins by using sedation dentistry. Local anesthesia is used to numb your mouth on the affected area to reduce any discomfort and pain. This is why you must trash the myths about the root canal being a painful experience.

Once your mouth is numb, the endodontist will drill a hole on your tooth. This will act as the access hole to the internal parts of your tooth. The hole is used to pass dental tools that will remove the contents of the pulp chamber.

The goal of this procedure is to remove the pulp of a tooth, the bacteria, and abscesses as well as clean out all the infection. The tooth is then properly cleaned to get rid of all the infection.

Afterward, the endodontist closes the access hole and seals your tooth. This will prevent further entry of infection, bacteria and food residues in the future. In some cases, a dental crown is placed over the tooth for a complete restoration.

​Reasons to Choose Root Canal

Now that you know all about the procedure and the treatment, here are some advantages of choosing root canal therapy:

  • It is a chance to save your natural tooth. Upon decay or severe tooth damage, other dental procedures may do little to save your natural tooth. Root canal focuses on increasing the lifespan of a tooth. Besides, a mature permanent tooth can survive without the pulp chamber, as long as it is attached at the roots, to the jawbone.
  • Neutralizes pain by removing the infection and the nerve endings.
  • It is a restorative procedure that restores the functionality of your tooth.

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