The dreaded root canal
One of the most feared dental procedures is the dreaded root canal, but with advancements in dental technology, the root canal it not what it used to be. In fact, today Dentists are able to perform root canals with no more discomfort than placing a filling.
A root canal is often recommended by Dentists in order to save the tooth, rather than extraction.
The root canal is the pocket where the tooth nerve resides enveloped in a pulp chamber. The pulp material is actually loose connective tissue that protects the nerve. The chamber also contains sensory nerves which carry signals to the brain, and in the case of nerve damage, the pain signal will be relayed to the brain and dental pain is experienced.
What is the Root Canal Procedure?
During a root canal procedure, the nerve is removed, and the canal area is filled with a substance called Gutta Percha, which is a bio-compatible rubbery substance found in evergreen trees in East Asia. The procedure begins with the application of a topical anesthetic to the gum area and an injection of local anesthetic, if necessary, the same as when receiving a filling. A hole is placed in the nerve chamber and the nerve is removed leaving the tooth intact. The canal is reshaped to hold the Gutta Percha. A temporary filling is put in place and then a return visit for the final restoration, which is usually a post and crown.
After a root canal, the tooth becomes more brittle and weaker. The post and crown will give the tooth strength and integrity. If it is an exceptionally strong tooth, the post and crown will not be needed. The root canal will usually take 1 or 2 visits, and the final restoration is typically an additional visit.
Avoiding a Root Canal is not good Dental Practice
Putting a root canal off for any reason is not a good idea. The longer the procedure is put off the more risk there is for significant tooth damage. Bacteria will continue to accumulate in the tooth area and may cause the tooth to become infected or abscess.
The patient may also experience swelling in the head, neck or face areas and bone may be lost in the area surrounding the tip of the root of the damaged tooth. If an infection or abscess has occurred the draining pus can cause a hole to form in the tooth, and the pus may continue draining into the gum area or skin.
What is the Purpose of a Root Canal?
The purpose of a root canal is to alleviate tooth root pain when the tooth nerve has been damaged or exposed and becomes infected, irritated or inflamed and to save the tooth from extraction. Tooth pain is caused by several different events and includes tooth decay, cavities that are left unrepaired, a tooth that has been chipped or cracked and trauma to the face.
Fear of Dental Pain Keeping you from saving your Teeth?
Beverly Dentist, Dr. Polan is highly trained in doing in root canal procedures and puts his training and experience to work every day for every dental customer and provide a root canal that is as pain free as possible. Gone are the days when root canal equation equaled extreme pain. Dr. Polan utilizes state of the art techniques and equipment to provide the kind of dental care that helps patients preserve their teeth.
Located in Beverly, Massachusetts, Dr. Polan is committed to providing the best dental care available. Saving the natural tooth with a root canal will restore the natural appearance of the tooth, efficient chewing, normal biting force and sensation and protect other teeth from excessive strain and wear.