Root canal therapy alleviates pain, can save a tooth from being extracted and improves your overall oral health
Has your dentist recommend you get root canal therapy? Not sure what’s involved, or if the treatment is worth it? Think of root canal therapy as a way of protecting your other teeth and gums. If left untreated, infection from the tooth can spread into your gums and cause further problems.
What is involved with root canal therapy procedure?
Depending on the severity of your situation, root canal therapy can take one to three appointments. The procedure involves removing the infected pulp from the tooth, cleaning out the root canals and filling them with a special dental material. If too much tooth is removed, we may recommend a dental crown to protect the tooth.
Why not just extract the tooth?
Extracting a tooth may alleviate the pain caused by an infected tooth, however, it can create other problems for your oral health. Each tooth provides support to your jawbone. When you lose a tooth, your jaw loses some stimulation necessary for it to stay healthy. By keeping a treated tooth, even though it’s dead, it will continue to provide this jawbone stimulation and help to keep your jaw healthy.
Is root canal therapy painful?
Yes and no. Removing the infected pulp, cleaning the tooth and placing the filling material may feel slightly uncomfortable. However, you will be sedated, so there should be almost nopain. Post-treatment, there were will be some discomfort and a little swelling which should go away after a few days.
How successful is root canal treatment?
This procedure has a success rate of approximately 95 percent. A successfully treated tooth should be free of infection and pain after the post-treatment swelling has gone down.
Root canal therapy at Bonfire Dental
If you would like to know more about root canal therapy, or to request an appointment at Bonfire Dental, please contact us today.