Root canals are a dental treatment meant to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth instead of removing it. The process involves cleaning of the canals inside a tooth’s root.
Root canal treatments were often painful in the earlier stages of dentistry. But with the latest dental advances and local anesthetics, patients can now experience little to no pain at all when having a root canal. It will probably even be more painful if you decide to keep your decayed tooth and leave it untreated.
The root canal procedure
Our teeth have a soft core called dental pulp. The dental pulp extends from the visible part of your tooth – the crown – to the tip of your tooth’s root in the jawbone. Our teeth’s pulp contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. So when a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria will be able to enter the pulp and if left untreated, infection occurs and causes tooth pain.
Serious infection in the form of a tooth abscess will happen if a cracked or damaged tooth is left untreated. This will lead to pulp death, bone loss and loss of the tooth itself. The signs and symptoms you should watch out for is swelling around your face and neck, a hole in your tooth, toothache or tooth pain, gum swelling, and temperature sensitivity.
Avoid infection and tooth pain
To avoid bacterial infection and unnecessary dental treatments, consult with a trusted dentist in Kingsport to know your options. A root canal treatment is recommended to help prevent infection and tooth pain.
Alternatives to root canals include extracting the damaged tooth and replacing it with a dental implant, bridge or removable partial denture.
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