What is root canal therapy?
Your root canals are tiny tubes in the innermost portion of your teeth that run from the pulp down to the ends of your roots. The root canals contain sensitive blood vessels and nerves that become inflamed and painful if your tooth is damaged or the root canal is infected.
Root canal therapy removes infectious material and allows your dentist to preserve the integrity of your tooth’s natural structure. Root canal therapy is often the only alternative you have to extracting a tooth.
More than half of women and men in the United States over the age of 64 are missing at least one tooth, but you can save your teeth with root canal therapy.
Why do I need root canal therapy?
Your dentist may recommend root canal therapy when your tooth is badly infected but is structurally sound. You need to treat your infected tooth as soon as possible to avoid complications such as:
- Abscesses (pus-filled pockets that spread infection)
- Loss of other teeth
- Loss of jawbone
- Life-threatening systemic infection
- Heart attack
The health of your teeth is directly related to your general health. By treating an infection and repairing damage in one tooth, you preserve the healthy alignment of your other teeth, so that you can continue to chew your food properly and avoid digestive issues, too.
Are root canals painful?
Root canals earned a reputation as being painful based on old technologies and sedation methods.
At RenovaSmiles, the team uses state-of-the-art technology to enter a damaged tooth and clear out the infection. They also offer nitrous oxide that relaxes you during your procedure and a local anesthetic to numb all pain.
Patients are surprised by how fast and pain-free root canal therapy is at RenovaSmiles. They also appreciate that they can retain their natural tooth, rather than replacing it with an implant or dental bridge.
What happens during a root canal?
Your dentist will open the top of your tooth so they can clean out the infection. They then disinfect the inner portion of your tooth and root canal. Finally, they fill the tooth with a stabilizing material and cap it with a natural-looking crown.
Get your root canal therapy today so you can keep your tooth for life. Call the RenovaSmiles team or book an appointment online.