The root canal has gotten a bad rap. When performed by a skilled dentist, a root canal is not painful. It can save your natural tooth and jawbone. A root canal will put an end to the excruciating pain that is often caused by diseased tooth pulp, and let you get back to chewing normally so you can enjoy your food again. For those who dread the procedure, sedation dentistry can help you have a more comfortable and relaxed experience and you may not remember it at all.
The technical term for a root canal procedure is endodontic therapy. The root canal itself is the natural chamber inside of your tooth. Pulp is the soft tissue housed in the root canal. The pulp contains nerves, arteries, veins and lymph tissue. The root canal procedure removes the diseased pulp from your tooth.
Sometimes there are no symptoms when the pulp is diseased, but it can be extremely painful. You may experience facial swelling, in addition to pain. Diseased pulp can lead to:
- Bone loss
- Tooth loss
Typically the pulp becomes diseased due to untreated tooth decay or an internal fracture. This can be due to an untreated cavity or a filling which has failed, allowing food and bacteria to get inside of your tooth. Metal fillings contain mercury which expands and contracts with temperature changes, weakening the surrounding structure. This can lead to the need for a root canal before you even realize that there is a problem with your filling.
During your root canal procedure, we will remove the nerve and all of the diseased tissue. We preserve as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. After the diseased tissue has been removed, we may place a dental crown over your tooth to protect and strengthen it.
Alternative to Root Canal
The healthiest option is to preserve your natural tooth whenever possible. However, if you are not a good candidate for a root canal procedure, it may be appropriate to remove your tooth and replace it with a dental implant and artificial tooth.
To learn more about root canals and your options, or to schedule your complimentary consultation, please contact Integrated Dental Aesthetics, in the Kinnelon, New Jersey area, today.