“I’d rather have a root canal!”
We’ve all heard the 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 truth to that statement in the past, these days root canals are comparable to having a routine filling. Dr. Walker and Dr. Barr want our 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 extraction. Tooth enamel is the hard, pearly-white portion of the tooth visible above the gum line. Deep inside the tooth below the enamel, is the soft pulp, which extends into the narrowest portions of the tooth root (or root canal). The pulp can become 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. Barr will remove the damaged area, sterilize the chamber, seal it off to support the tooth and usually place a dental crown return the tooth to 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 office, root canal patients enjoy fully functional teeth.