Root canal therapy is easier than you think. Bal Harbour Smiles in Miami Beach uses root canal therapy to help patients keep their teeth and their smile.
About Root Canal Therapy
A dentist performs root canal therapy to save teeth after the tooth has become decayed or infected deep inside. If the tooth is not properly treated, it will eventually be lost.
Root canal therapy is a relatively common procedure in a dental office. It generally involves minimal discomfort and a quick recovery.
How Root Canal Therapy Works
After the dentist administers anesthesia, he will penetrate the interior or root canal of the ailing tooth. Once inside the root canal, he will remove the nerve and the pulp.
The pulp is a soft region inside the root canal. The dentist removes the pulp to prevent the spread of infection. The dentist scrubs the root canal to remove any and all signs of infection and debris. He may then insert medicine into the canal to ensure the infection is eliminated.
The next step is to seal the tooth. In some cases, this step is done on the same day as the rest of the procedure while in other cases it’s performed on a follow-up visit.
If the decay or infection has dangerously compromised the strength of the tooth, the dentist may recommend completing the procedure by adding a crown for protection.
Why Root Canal Therapy?
Bacteria tend to breed quickly in a root canal with a damaged pulp. If left unchecked, the infection could create an abscess or pus-filled bulge at the root’s end. Root canal therapy prevents the health complications that come with an abscess.
There’s no reason to delay root canal therapy. Unfortunately, people often try to avoid the procedure as long as possible, believing that it will be an intensely painful experience.
That’s not the case at all. It’s a routine dental procedure. In fact, in many cases the nerve that’s removed is dead and therefore can’t transmit a pain signal.
However, avoiding root canal therapy can be painful. The problem can result in an abscessed tooth which can cause pain and swelling to spread to the area of the neck and face.