Root Canal Therapy Q & A
What is a root canal?
Technically, a root canal is a channel through your tooth that reaches to your tooth’s root. But when you hear the words root canal, you probably think of the dental procedure.
Root canal procedures are dental techniques that make it possible to keep your tooth even if it’s experienced severe damage or decay. When your tooth gets infected, it can spread to the pulp — the interior of your tooth filled with sensitive nerves and tissue. The spread of the infection causes tooth pain, but that’s not the only problem. It also compromises the structural integrity of your tooth.
Similarly, traumatic tooth injuries can cause tooth damage that affects your tooth’s long-term strength.
In both cases, root canal therapy is designed to stop tooth pain and save your tooth.
What happens during root canal therapy?
With root canal therapy, the Warrington Dental team removes the damaged or decayed part of your tooth while preserving the rest. This way, your tooth stops hurting and you don’t have to worry about a gap in your smile or the need for a replacement tooth.
On top of removing the affected part of your tooth, Warrington dental also cleans and disinfects the interior of your tooth to stop the spread of the infection.
People often associate root canal therapy with pain, but that’s largely because the damage to the tooth is already causing such significant pain in the first place. Once you get to Warrington Dental, the team’s priority is your comfort. They ensure the treated area is completely numb during your procedure. They also offer sedation dentistry if you want help relaxing during your appointment.
What should I expect after a root canal?
Once the damaged portion of your tooth is removed, your tooth pain should abate.
If the team Warrington Dental has to remove a significant portion of your tooth, they may recommend a crown. This is a cap that goes over the top of your tooth to restore its shape and to protect it. With a crown, your tooth looks and feels just like a natural tooth.
Whether you need root canal therapy or just want to learn more about this procedure, Warrington Dental is there to help. Call the office or schedule your appointment online.