Root canals have a really bad rep. Well, perhaps that bad reputation was true to some degree in the past, but that bad-boy root canal has reformed. Today, a root canal will relieve pain, not cause pain. There’s no need to suffer from a chronic, throbbing toothache any longer. Modern equipment and full sedation dentistry, if needed, have changed painful root canals into just another dental treatment, like a filling.
How Does a Root Canal Relieve Pain?
This is the important question for most people. That’s why they finally decided to have a root canal. A root canal may have been recommended previously, but eliminating the tooth pain has now become more important than any feeling of uneasiness about the procedure.
A little background information will help explain the situation. Inside the tooth, there is a space called the pulp chamber; pulp is living tissue that nourishes the tooth and keeps it alive. The pulp contains blood vessels, connective tissues and nerves (that cause the pain). If there is deep tooth decay, repeated dental fillings or other procedures on the same tooth, gum disease or a trauma that cracks or fractures the tooth, then the pulp can become infected.
The infected pulp swells and causes pressure inside the tooth; this causes the pain. Eventually, the pulp dies. At times, the pain may temporarily go away, but it will come back. The infection can spread into the bone and become chronic.
How a Root Canal can Save the Tooth
The infected pulp is removed, and the pulp chamber inside the tooth is cleaned and disinfected. This empty space is then filled and sealed with gutta-percha, a rubber-like material. Finally, a crown or filling will protect and restore the tooth, which will now function just like the other teeth. This can all be done in only one or two Endodontic Procedures in Austin TX.
The Advantages of Having a Root Canal
Saving the natural tooth offers many advantages, including:
* No more pain;
* Normal biting and chewing;
* A natural appearance and smile;
* Protecting other teeth from undue wear.
Most teeth that have had Endodontic Procedures in Austin TX will last as long as the other natural teeth.
Stevan Koprivnik D.D.S., P.C. has been serving their Austin patients for over 30 years. Talk to their root canal specialist about ending the tooth pain and saving the tooth. Book your appointment online at LakeAustinDental.com.
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