Of the many dental treatments provided today and throughout the history of dentistry, root canal therapy has got to be the procedure that has been the most misunderstood. Stories about this procedure abound, with many people frightened that they will spend hours in the dental chair, or feel extensive pain from a root canal. Such stories about the horrors of root canal therapy could not be farther from the truth, these outdated urban legends, however, keep many from receiving the care they need to eliminate the pain of an infected tooth.
Today, your root canal specialist near Eastvale has the kind of training to use advanced tools and techniques to complete a virtually pain-free procedure. Incorporating sedation into this treatment makes it even easier on the patient. With or without sedation, however, root canal treatment does not produce pain; it relieves you of the toothache you are experiencing, and makes it possible to save a damaged tooth.
Our teeth look like one solid piece. However, the part that shows above the gum line is just one part of a complex system that makes up a tooth. Present in every tooth are the:
- Enamel – This part of the teeth is the most visible. A protective layer that withstands acids as well as the pressure that comes with chewing, the enamel on teeth is the hardest part of the entire body.
- Dentin – Lying just below the enamel, dentin is actually the majority of the substance within a tooth. Dentin contains tiny pores, which is why the protective layer of enamel is necessary to maintain strong, healthy teeth.
- Pulp chamber – Still deeper inside of the tooth structure is the pulp chamber, in which pulp is found. Pulp is the substance that houses blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues that nourish developing teeth. Once a tooth is fully developed, pulp is not necessary.
- Root canal – At the center of each tooth, the root canal spans the length of the tooth, from the root within the jawbone to the pulp chamber. Through the root canal, blood flow and nourishment are delivered to the tooth.
- Support structures include bone tissue and the periodontal ligament, as well as the gums, which protect the roots of teeth from decay.
Root canal therapy becomes necessary when the internal areas of a tooth become inflamed and infected. The pulp may become infected when a cavity or gum disease is left untreated, and bacteria travel to the inner area of the tooth. The need for treatment may appear early, when a routine x-ray shows signs of infection in the pulp chamber. Much of the time, however, people visit their dentist when the symptoms of infection become difficult to ignore. These include:
- Pain such as an ache or dull pressure. This pain may be difficult to locate feeling more generalized.
- Intense pain upon biting down.
- Tenderness and swelling of gum tissue.
Root canal therapy, which takes only about an hour to complete, removes the infected pulp and disinfects the root canal. This area is then sealed to prohibit the further activity of bacteria, and the tooth is fitted with a dental crown.
There is no need to suffer the pain of an infected tooth. Contact Absolute Dental for your visit with root canal specialist Dr. Ami, and return to total comfort.