Many people cringe when they think about a root canal, even those people who have never had one. Unfortunately, root canal treatment has gained more notoriety for pain than for its benefits. But did you know that root canal treatment can save you pain and more invasive dental work? Your Summerlin dentist, Dr. Deborha Staten discusses root canals, their benefits, and what you can expect from root canal treatment.
The Purpose of Root Canal Treatment
A root canal is performed when a tooth has died or is about to die because of an infection in the tooth’s pulp. This infection typically occurs following significant tooth decay, and if the pulp is not removed, the tooth will most likely fall out. However, in addition to tooth loss, there are the further risks that the infection could spread to other teeth and to other areas in the body. Thus, the best course of action is to remove the pulp, which is where root canal treatment comes into play.
What to Expect from Root Canal Treatment
When performing a root canal, your Summerlin general dentist, Dr. Staten, first numbs the gums with a jelly-like substance. She then injects a local anesthetic before using a drill and other tools to access the tooth’s pulp. Finally, she removes the pulp and fills the tooth to prevent further infection and decay, thus preserving the structure of the tooth. Following root canal treatment, patients may experience a throbbing pain for 1-2 days. This pain can be treated with prescription or over-the-counter medication.
Benefits of Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment preserves the structure of the infected tooth, preventing the occurrence of several complications associated with tooth loss. When a tooth falls out, the body stops its nutrition of the area, and the surrounding teeth and bone can suffer. Further tooth loss is a real danger, and the jawbone often experiences a loss of density. These complications can be prevented by means of a dental implant, which replaces the missing tooth and restores nutrition to the area. However, root canal treatment preempts the need for the dental implant with a less invasive procedure.
Schedule a Visit with Your Dentist
If you have experienced tooth decay, don’t wait to seek dental assistance. Contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Staten.