Root canal therapy sounds a bit scary—like a long, drawn-out procedure. However, it is not that way at all. It is a process whereby the infected pulp of your tooth is removed to prevent further damage and pain. Root canal therapy can be completed in as few as one or two visits.Root canal therapy is performed when a tooth gets infected with decay or fractures to the point that a normal filling will not suffice. If not treated correctly, it can spread to cause problems with your gums or the nerves and blood vessels in your jaw. While a root canal is not a fun option, it is better to opt for a root canal than to suffer with the pain and continued damage that might be caused otherwise. Scared? Let’s replace any fear with knowledge.
After a root canal, your tooth could still be vulnerable. It is often recommended that treatment should continue with a crown or other type of build up. A crown can be placed on top of the tooth for extra protection. Crowns are made to match the shape of the existing tooth so that, without close inspection, no one can tell the difference. Ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medications may be helpful in relieving the discomfort that is usually associated with root canal therapy.
If the pulp in a tooth becomes infected, it will never be able to heal on its own. If left untreated, it can lead to painful and dangerous infections that can cause the tooth to abscess and possibly go into your jaw and then into the rest of your body. If diagnosed and treated early enough, tooth loss can be avoided. If not, more extensive procedures, extractions and implants may be necessary. Root canals are one of those necessary evils that protect you from more pain.
If you would like to learn more about root canal therapy in Knoxville, TN or are ready to schedule an appointment, please contact us. We are ready to help you with your dental needs.