February 13, 2018
If you have dental pain, you should know that’s something that you should never ignore. That’s just the beginning of your worries. Your mouth sends painful signals to your brain to let you know that there is a bigger problem happening in your mouth—more than just your discomfort.
In many cases, when people let their dental pain ride out for too long, they could risk losing their natural teeth by extraction to save the rest of their smile from a spreading infection. However, if you get the treatment you need early on—like root canal therapy in Plano—you might just be able to save your natural tooth! Learn more in this week’s blog post.
Why Might Patients Need a Root Canal?
In the case that you are experiencing discomfort in your smile, it could be because your tooth has become infected. This causes the dental pain that you might normally associate with a root canal. However, root canals work to remove the infectious materials from the smile so that the rest of your teeth don’t become infected or fall out.
The Process of Getting a Root Canal
If your dentist recommends that you undergo root canal therapy, you will experience a process similar to this:
- Your dentist will use a dental x-ray to see the inner workings of your smile, evaluating what’s happening to your tooth below the gum line. This way, they will be able to identify if your tooth is abscessed (infected) or not.
- If it is, your dentist will access the inside of your tooth with tiny dental drills so that the infectious materials can be removed, including your painful dental pulp inside the tooth.
- When your tooth has been cleaned out and all infected areas removed, your dentist will fill your tooth with a dental material known as gutta perch.
- The final step is to cap the tooth with a natural-looking dental crown, sealing it from further infections in the future.
Root Canals Work to Save Your Smile!
As you can tell, root canals are a preventative measure that comes before ever considering tooth extraction. Your dentist will exhaust other options before relying on tooth extraction because ultimately, your dentist wants to help you keep your natural teeth for years to come!
If you’re nervous about needing a root canal, feel free to call your local dentist to discuss how they can make your procedure a more pleasant experience with local anesthesia and/or sedation dentistry if you need it.
About Our Office
Here at Parkway Vista Dental, we want our patients to enjoy their natural smiles for a lifetime! That’s why we practice preventive care regularly! But in the case that you experience dental pain, we will work with you to save your permanent teeth. Contact us today to see how we can help you!