Root canal therapy is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. A root canal procedure is performed when the nerve of the tooth becomes infected or the pulp becomes damaged. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.
Root canal procedures have the reputation of being painful. Actually, most people report that the procedure itself is no more painful than having a filling placed. The discomfort experienced in the period leading up to seeking dental care is truly painful, not the root canal procedure itself.
WHAT DAMAGES A TOOTH'S NERVE AND PULP IN THE FIRST PLACE?
A tooth’s nerve and pulp can become irritated, inflamed, and infected due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth, large fillings, a crack or chip in the tooth, or trauma to the face.
Signs you may need root canal therapy include:
- Severe toothache pain upon chewing or application of pressure
- Prolonged sensitivity (pain) to hot or cold temperatures (after the heat or cold has been removed)
- Discoloration (darkening) of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in nearby gums
- A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums
- Sometimes no symptoms are present
THE BENEFITS OF ROOT CANAL THERAPY
There are many myths that surround root canal therapy. While many people fear that the treatment is excessively painful and may result in further illness, these are far from the truth! On the contrary, root canal therapy is a proven technique that eliminates infection and chronic pain associated with tooth decay. It can help save the original tooth and the natural appearance by removing and cleaning the decaying tissue.
Patients have reported that root canal treatment is painless and results in reduced pain post-procedure as compared to the pain you felt before the treatment.
Root canal therapy is highly effective in restoring:
- Efficient chewing
- Normal sensation
- Normal bite force
- Natural or aesthetic appearance
Apart from these benefits, a root canal is also a cost-effective treatment that can preserve the functionality and appearance of the natural tooth for a lifetime! As compared to tooth extraction or other follow up treatments, a root canal is the most highly effective way to gain back full functionality. Amaya Dental’s experienced team will ensure that you will receive the best outcome. Our team of dental professionals believes in restoring your smile to the fullest, with the best of technology and aesthetically appealing results.
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