There may come a time when one or more of your teeth dies. You can usually tell when this happens as the tooth is more sensitive than it used to be, and may also change color. When this happens, if you visit a dentist, they may advise you that root canal therapy is the best idea.
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This may sound scary to you, but the treatment you receive is actually not that bad. And, it’s a good alternative to losing the tooth completely. If you are worried about the treatment, it’s a good idea to speak to your dentist about what you can expect. Here are the basics of what you are likely to be told.
What is Root Canal Treatment?
During root canal therapy the dentist removes any infected pulp from inside the root canal of the tooth. The area has to be drilled in order for the dentist to gain access. Once the pulp has been cleared away, the area is then cleaned thoroughly. The dentist then uses some rubber-like filler to fill the area where the pulp was. At this point, you will be sent back home, to wait for the filler to set. You will normally return to the dentist around two weeks later, to have a crown fitted to the tooth. That is all there is to root canal therapy.
Why Having Root Canal Treatment is Worthwhile
If you think about it, root canal treatment is nowhere near as bad as many people think it is. You only need to visit the dentist twice, and you will not be in any severe pain, as any pain you may experience is managed with the use of anaesthetics. If you hesitate to have root canal work carried out, the condition of the tooth will only worsen. This means that you may either need to have a dental implant fitted, or have the tooth removed completely. Undergoing root canal treatment is preferable to either of these options.
You only get one chance with the adult teeth you have. If you care for them well then they can remain in good condition until you reach later life. However, everyone loses teeth eventually. The more you can do to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible, the better. Root canal treatment can help you to do this. The treatment is not severe, and the crown you have fitted matches well with the teeth around it.
One of the best things about having root canal treatment carried out is that you can relieve the pain and sensitivity that can come from a tooth which is dead. This means that you can enjoy eating and drinking whatever you want. If you think that you may need to undergo root canal therapy, you should speak to your dentist. They can advise you about whether the work is necessary, and help to allay any worries that you may have.