What to Expect with Root Canal Therapy
You may need a root canal if you have a severe toothache, usually accompanied by swelling in the jaw around the tooth. Root canal therapy is performed when the pulp that is composed of nerves and blood vessels become infected or damaged. During a root canal therapy treatment, the pulp is removed and the area inside the tooth is cleaned and sealed.
Dr. Eric Martin and his team want you to understand the process of root canal therapy and all aspects of the procedure prior to your treatment. First off, there is nothing to fear with root canal therapy. Most people realize the procedure is no more painful than having a filling replaced. Oftentimes, the discomfort of root canal treatment is in the period leading up to seeking treatment, rather than the procedure itself.
To grasp the structure of the tooth prior to root canal therapy leads to the pulp of the tooth. Dental pulp (or the pulp chamber) is the center of the tooth that contains the nerve, blood vessels, and connective tissue. The canals of the root travel from the tip of the tooth’s root to the pulp chamber. It’s only function is sensory–to determine the hot and cold nature of food and beverages. If exposed, that’s where the pain and discofort lie. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the overall functioning of the tooth. However, after a dental treatment the tooth is less resilient and more susceptible to sensation.
Dental Pulp Removal
As the pulp is damaged, it breaks down and bacteria multiplies within the pulp chamber. Here is where the dying pulp remnants can cause serious infection, or a tooth abscess. An abscess is a pus-filled pocket that forms at the end of the tooth root. In addition to an abscess, an infection in the root canal can cause:
- Bone loss around the tip of the root
- Drainage problems extending outward from the root. This is where a hole in the tooth can lead to drainage of bacteria into the gums or cheek of the skin.
- Swelling that may spread to other areas of the face, neck, or head
Once Dr. Martin has determined your need for root canal therapy, the road to excellent dental health begins. Because root canal therapy is a fairly common procedure, identifying the causes of infection is the first step in tgetting treatment.
Our Champaign, IL Team is Here to Help You.
If you’re suffering from pain due to tooth decay or an infection and are in need of a root canal, don’t postpone treatment any longer! Contact Dr. Martin in Champaign, IL for a consultation. Our dedicated dentist and team are to help you regain your dental health. Call us today to get started!