Root canals are an effective way to repair an infected tooth in Mesa
You’ve probably heard the phrase, “I’d rather have a root canal.” The meaning behind it is that nearly anything is better than a painful root canal. But, root canals are not painful. Mesa, AZ dentist, Dr. Fritz, believes it is important to dispel the rumors that give root canals a bad reputation.
What is root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment can also be referred to as endodontics. The goal is repair the pulp tissue which is located inside the tooth. Root canals are not any more uncomfortable or painful than traditional fillings and serve an important role by preventing the potential extraction of an infected tooth.
Inside the pulp of the tooth are the nerves, connective tissue, and pulp. When this area becomes infected it often causes intense pain for the patient. This pain can come and go intermittently, although for some patients it is persistent. If the infection is left untreated it can eventually cause a dental abscess which is dangerous and can impact overall health.
Don’t put off root canal treatment
It’s important to treat infected teeth promptly to avoid worsening symptoms. When a tooth is saved by root canal therapy as opposed to being extracted, it eliminates the need of restorations such as dental bridges or implants.
What to expect with root canals
Root canals are a routine and straightforward procedure that can be done in one office visit. They are similar to traditional fillings and begin with the use of local anesthetic to numb the area. Once the area is numb, the dentist will access the pulp chamber to remove infected tissue. It is cleaned out, disinfected, and filled. Afterward the area is sealed to prevent further decay and it is completed with a crown to restore function and strength.
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