I’d rather have a root canal
We’ve all heard that age-old saying “I’d rather have a root canal” when talking about something that is sure to be incredibly unpleasant. While there may have been some grounds for legitimacy in the past, today, root canals are a much different experience. In fact, root canals are a relatively routine procedure for us here at Walker – Raynal DMD, and we want our Brandon dental patients to know that a root canal is not something to fear.
What is a root canal?
Root canal treatment is sometimes necessary to save a tooth from needing to be removed. The enamel of the tooth is the hard pearly white portion of the tooth that is visible above the gum line. Below that enamel, deep inside the tooth, is a soft matter known as pulp, which extends into the narrowest portions of the tooth root (or root canal). The pulp can becomes infected or damaged due to:
- Deep decay
- Large fillings
- Repeated dental procedures
- Tooth trauma, cracks, or chips
When this infection occurs, Root Canal Therapy is often necessary. Dr. Walker or Dr. Raynal will remove the damaged area and place special medicated dental materials in the cavity to support the tooth and allow it to retain full function.
How do I know if I need a root canal?
Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy:
- Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development)
- An abscess on the gums or swelling and/or tenderness
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Dull ache or severe toothache pain
- Sometimes no symptoms are present
Thanks to advances in dental techniques and technology, root canals can be performed with no more discomfort than that experienced during a routine cavity filling. Followed by the proper home care and routine visits to our Brandon, FL dental office, root canal patients enjoy fully functional teeth.