A root canal is a procedure performed when your tooth’s pulp becomes infected. This process clears out the infected pulp, and replaces it with a rubber-like material called “gutta-percha”.
Root Canal vs Extraction
While removing a tooth can seem like the easiest solution in the moment, it comes with a set of complications. A missing tooth can cause drifting, where your teeth move out of alignment as they slide toward that now-empty space. The teeth can then begin to become crooked and cause chewing and jaw issues.
A root canal can save your tooth! It removes the infection and helps you to continue to use your tooth without much complication. A root canal can also save you a lot of money in the long run. If you save your tooth, you won’t have to worry about replacing the missing tooth, or any other number of costly complications.
Does a Root Canal Hurt?
The discomfort you feel usually comes from an infection of the tooth’s pulp. A root canal can help alleviate that discomfort. You may feel sensitivity for a few days, but in most cases that goes away after a relatively short amount of time.
What are the Benefits of a Root Canal Treatment?
- Save the Tooth | A missing tooth comes with a set of complications. A root canal can allow you to save your tooth and avoid most of those issues.
- Chew Easily | The root canal removes the nerves in your tooth. Once you have healed, you should be able to chew without discomfort.
- Retain Your Facial Structure | A missing tooth can change the structure of your face. By saving your tooth, you retain the structure and can avoid a more aged appearance.
How does it Work?
During your initial consultation, Dr. Potts or Dr. Porter will examine your tooth to see if a root canal is right for you. The procedure will be discussed in detail and, often, the procedure is scheduled for another date.
After the root canal, you will receive a set of after-care instructions. It’s important that you follow them carefully. We may schedule a follow up visit to ensure your tooth and surrounding tissue have healed correctly.
Don’t Put Up with Unnecessary Discomfort!
Parkway Dental has been performing root canals for decades. Our team is trained and experienced. Allow us to use that experience for your benefit. If you have an infection, it’s important that you take care of it as soon as possible. Call and make an appointment today!