Root Canal Basics – Your Elk Grove Dentist Has You Covered
A lot of people know the term ‘root canal’, but they don’t know anything about the procedure except that it is a major dental procedure and one of the most common. The lack of information and knowledge can be intimidating. However, root canal therapy is not only routine, they help repair damage teeth and keep them viable, making them an incredibly important procedure. Improvements in dental technology have also made it that root canals are quicker, easier and less painful than in the past, meaning there is no reason to be afraid if your dentist decides that you need one.
What Is A Root Canal?
A root canal is the dental term for a general dentistry procedure that is used to repair damaged and infected teeth at the root. This procedure is done if the tooth is damaged, but the root is still viable. When a tooth has been cracked or damaged in any way, it can lead to infected blood vessels which can lead to serious complications and require that the tooth be removed. A root canal stops the damage and maintains the viability of the root, allowing the tooth to be saved.
When Is A Root Canal Necessary?
Root canals become necessary because of many different causes. Sometimes we obtain sudden damage to our teeth due to accidents, other times tooth infection can sneak up on us. If you feel intense gum or jaw pain, suffer from swelling or bleeding, then you should be checked out by your dentist because those are the signs of a tooth infection. If the infection reaches the root of the tooth, then a root canal may be the only option. Your dentist is the best person to make that decision.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
Like most dental procedures, there are a few steps involved in a root canal. Unlike in the past when the procedure took hours, improvements in dental technology has sped up the process and it can often be completed in less than an hour and there is very little pain for the patient.
- The first step in the process will be an x-ray so that the dentist can get a look at your teeth and see exactly where the damage has occurred.
- Once the dentist makes the decision to go ahead with the root canal, they will administer a local anesthetic to numb the infected area. This will minimize any potential pain.
- Once the anesthetic has been applied, the dentist will work to repair the damaged root.
- After the damage has been fixed, the dentist will seal with gum and finish with the procedure.
Root canals are a simple, routine procedure that can save your teeth and there is no reason to be afraid. If you have any reason to believe that you have an injured or infected tooth, you need to see your dentist immediately and get the best care possible. Whether that means a root canal or other treatment, rest assured that you will get the best care possible and that advances in dental technology are making these formerly painful procedures into something routine.
Krystle Fenton, DDS and her staff at Laguna Vista Dental offer Root Canal Therapy to the community of Elk Grove, CA. Please call us today at (916) 684-3105 or request an appointment to get more information.
Laguna Vista Dental
7915 Laguna Blvd, Ste 150
Elk Grove, CA 9575
Mon: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tue – Thu: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fri, Sat, Sun: Closed