Root Canals sound terrifying. Those two words conjure images of pain and fear and sinister-looking dentists.
This is all a myth.
The truth of the matter is that root canals are very much like regular cavity fillings.
What is the Root Canal?
Deep inside each of your teeth is a small chamber full of sensitive tissue, nerves, and vessels. These nerves and vessels run from the pulp chamber, through the middle of the root, and out into the mouth. The canal through which this material travels is called the root canal.
The enamel that coats the outsides of your teeth is a tough, mineralized substance which usually protects the pulp chambers and root canals. Unfortunately, despite its strength, enamel is still susceptible to breakage and decay.
When decay reaches the pulp chamber and root canals, it causes a deep-set cavity. The method used to clean out this cavity is called a root canal procedure.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
Cleaning a root canal is not unlike cleaning a more surface-level cavity. The tooth is opened up at the top. The dentist then uses a flexible rotary tool to clear out the decayed material. Once everything is clean and healthy, the empty spaces are filled with a gentle, biocompatible filling material, after which the whole thing is topped with a crown.
It’s really just that simple. No complicated procedures or mysteries.
The good news doesn’t end there, either. Modern anesthetic techniques and formulas are better than they’ve ever been before. The only pain you’ll have to deal with is the pre-appointment toothache caused by the cavity. Neither the procedure nor the recovery will give you anything to fear.
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If you’re suffering tooth pain, or you fear that you may need a root canal procedure, worry no longer. Our practice will take great care of you and your teeth—terrifying office not included! Call us today for an appointment.