One of the most misunderstood procedures in dentistry is root canal therapy (RCT). This general dentistry treatment has been given a terrible rap by the general public due to a lack of understanding of the procedure and the circumstances that make it necessary. In actuality, root canal therapy is the best way to save an infected tooth and the only way in which the pain can be alleviated once the nerve center of the tooth is involved.
Under normal conditions the enamel or outside crown of a natural tooth is sturdy and strong. Deep fissures in the tooth or poor oral hygiene can cause bacteria to build up on the surface. Eventually, decay begins to eat away at the enamel and if left unchecked will attack the next layer. This is the dentin – a softer substance where decay can spread faster. Some people may have some discomfort when the decay spreads in the dentin. The final part of the tooth is the pulp where the nerves are. The closer the decay gets to the pulp, often the more sensitive the tooth becomes. When it finally reaches the pulp, the problem is serious. At this point, hot or cold foods or beverages become uncomfortable. Chewing and sometimes even touching the tooth can cause pain.
Root Canal Therapy Is Not Painful - Infected Teeth Are Painful!
When the nerve center of the tooth is attacked by decay, the tooth begins to die. The infection in the nerves can cause excruciating discomfort. An abscess may begin to form at the very tip of the tooth. The acids produced by the abscess begin to dissolve the bone surrounding the tooth. Though you may feel that the tooth needs to be removed because of the discomfort, that may not be the case. Our dentist will determine if RCT is an option on not.
RCT involves cleaning out all the decay inside the tooth, sterilizing it and filling it with a material to keep bacteria from entering the space. The remainder of the tooth is filled with appropriate filling material and, depending on the condition of the tooth, a crown may be in order. This adds further protection and strengthens it. Once the nerve has been removed from the tooth, your pain is gone. Root canal therapy helps you keep your natural teeth when they have been compromised by extensive decay.
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