Throughout life, it’s possible for your teeth to become decayed or infected for a number of reasons. When this happens, the affected tooth can start to cause abscesses and infections in the surrounding tissues, eventually leading to severe pain and further complications. Fortunately, root canal procedures serve to address the decayed or infected tooth and restore health.
During the procedure, the inside portion of the tooth, called the root canal, is cleared of the tooth pulp and root nerve. While this may sound harmful, the tooth’s nerve is actually not necessary for the tooth to remain healthy and functional. The root canal is then cleaned thoroughly and a protective dental crown, or cap, is often placed over the tooth to keep the root canal clean and restore the appearance and function of the tooth.
A root canal is performed in order to prevent the infected tooth from developing a more severe infection or affecting the surrounding tissues. If left untreated, the infection can cause an abscessed tooth or a puss-filled pocket on the tooth’s roots. This infection can further spread to create swelling in the face, neck, and head, as well as bone loss and further problems in the nearby tissue.
Many issues can lead to the initial decay or infection of the tooth nerve and pulp. Repeated dental procedures on the affected tooth can cause problems, as can facial trauma, a cracked tooth, or large fillings.
In addition, deep decay due to improper oral care habits can cause a need for a root canal procedure. The team at Sunrise Dental educates and instructs their patients on how to properly look after their oral health to help them avoid the need for root canal procedures down the road.
Unfortunately, many people have developed the belief that root canals are a painful and unpleasant process. However, root canals can often be about as pain-free as having a filling installed. The Sunrise Dental team works hard to ensure patients are comfortable both during and after the procedure. If you have any questions regarding your upcoming root canal, the team is happy to speak with you at length about what to expect.
To learn more about root canals, call or book online with Sunrise Dental today to schedule your first appointment.