One of the most popular dental procedures, a root canal comes with many misconceptions and misunderstandings. Many people think root canals are painful, time-consuming or even a bad option. However, root canal therapy saves a tooth from extraction and the side effects which come with it. Learn more about root canals with help from your Andover, MA dentist at Dentistry By Design.
What makes a root canal necessary?
Tooth decay begins on the tooth’s outer enamel layer. The decay eats through the tooth, eventually reaching the inner pulp chamber which houses the tooth’s nerve and blood vessels. It is when the decay reaches this point that a toothache occurs. This makes tooth pain one of the main indicators that a root canal is necessary. Sensitivity to hot and cold, headache and abscess also indicate an infected tooth.
How does a root canal work?
A root canal removes the tooth’s infected pulp and nerve. After your Andover dentist numbs the area ensuring you feel no pain or discomfort, he or she makes a small hole in the top of the tooth. Through the hole, the tooth’s inner pulp and nerve are accessed and removed. The inside of the tooth is scrubbed clean and disinfected with special instruments. After removing all of the infected tissue, your dentist fills the tooth from the bottom of the root canals up using composite materials. In most cases, a dental crown placed over the tooth protects and strengthens it. Your dentist places a temporary crown to protect the tooth during the several weeks it takes the dental laboratory to fabricate the permanent crown.
The Benefits of a Root Canal
While dental restorations like dental implants can replace missing teeth, they will never be as strong as a natural tooth. For this reason, your dentist’s number one concern during treatment is to save your tooth. Saving the natural tooth also eliminates the effects of a missing tooth such as teeth moving around the gap to compensate for the missing tooth. Additionally, it prevents bone atrophy, which causes sagging facial muscles and even premature aging.
For more information on how a root canal can save your smile, please contact Dr. Nicholas T. Papapetros, Dr. Jhon O. Giraldo and Dr. Leo Kharin at Dentistry By Design in Andover, MA. Call (978) 475-5333 to speak with an associate about your appointment today!