Smile, it is National Root Canal Week
Okay, unless you have never needed one, you might not be excited. Sometimes a tooth needs a root canal and you would never know it. But, if you have ever had severe dental pain alleviated by a root canal, you are ready to celebrate all week long.
Root Canal Awareness Week
Do you need one? Find out!
A root canal is a dental treatment used to repair and save a tooth that may be infected or decayed. Your teeth are composed of many layers including an outer layer of enamel, a second layer called dentin and the inner layer called the pulp. In the pulp layer of your tooth, there are nerves that run through a canal and into the root tip.
A deep cavity or tooth fracture may cause a bacterial infection in the canal which can create a lot of pressure and discomfort. An x-ray of the tooth will allow for the dentist to see if there is an infection.
Is the treatment of a root canal really painful? Patients have reported the procedure is no more painful than having a filling done. Generally, the entire procedure can be completed in just one visit. The dentist will simply clean out the infected canal and fill it with a biologically inert substance. The canal will be sealed and your tooth ready to go!
To help prevent future infections, it’s important to maintain good oral health and regular dental visits to help identify and prevent any future issues.
Don’t wait any longer! If you think you may need a root canal or want to come in for a free consultation, call our office today! Our office is happy to perform a free benefits check to help you understand your coverage.
Really having a lot of pain? Call us today and we’d be happy to help you schedule an emergency visit.