When faced with the prospect of a dental root canal, many people react with fear. The truth is it’s not the worst thing that could happen to you. The fear factor came about years ago when anesthetics were not as effective as they are today. Instead of causing it, a tooth root canal is performed to alleviate the pain created by inflamed or infected pulp in your tooth’s root.
Today, it’s no scarier than a simple dental filling.
When does a tooth need a root canal?
Your root canal actually refers to the natural pocket that houses you tooth’s nerve and the pulp that surrounds it. You feel pain when the pulp or nerve of one of your teeth becomes irritated, inflamed, or infected. This is typically caused by:
What’s involved in a dental root canal? We begin by removing the nerve and pulp. Then we clean the tooth both inside and out, and seal it to ensure it does not become infected. If more than half of your tooth or crown is missing, we may employ a root canal post to anchor your tooth more effectively.
Avoiding a root canal is cause for concern
A root canal should be the least of your concerns. If you avoid it for too long, it could cause significant damage to the painful tooth, and your other teeth. Why?
Bacteria and other decay within the damaged tooth’s root canal may cause an infection or an abscess.
Swelling could spread to other areas such as your face, neck, or head.
You may lose bone around the tip of the root of your damaged tooth.
As pus that has accumulated at the end of the infected or abscessed tooth’s root begins to drain outward, it can cause a hole to occur through the side of your tooth, draining into your gums, or through your cheek into your skin.
There’s no need to suffer from root canal pain
Don’t let unfounded fears stop you from resolving your root canal pain or increase your risk of further infection. Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. Dr. Nehawandian and her staff at Top Down Dental in San Jose/Los Gatos have a philosophy of caring commitment to excellence. You can be confident that, with their talent, training and knowledge, your dental root canal will be as safe, effective, and pain-free as it can possibly be. Give us a call at (408) 354-5600 or schedule your appointment today.