Going to the dentist may not be on the top of your “favorite things” list, but it’s necessary to keep our smiles healthy. Unfortunately, most of us hold off on regular visits until we get a toothache. Then we are the first in the dentist chair. And because our smile has been so neglected, it’s likely we will need root canal therapy.
But what exactly is a root canal and why does it hurt so much? Well, a root canal in your tooth can become infected due to a cavity or fracture that allows in bacteria. When a root canal becomes infected, it can die. At this point, you will begin to feel pain and pressure in and around the infected tooth. This is generally your first sign and when you become irritated by the sudden pain growing inside your mouth and you make that appointment. Without treatment, the infection spreads and could lead to tooth loss.
When you get treatment, expect the following steps: When the damaged pulp in the root canal of the tooth is cleaned out of all the diseased pulp and the canal is reshaped. Next, the canal is filled with material to prevent re-contamination of the tooth. Lastly, the tooth is permanently sealed with a post or crown to prevent issues from reoccurring.
We should maintain good dental hygiene practices in order to keep our mouths healthy, and as much as I hate to break it to you, this includes visiting the dentist regularly. But if things happen, you can rest assured that a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort, involving one to three visits, and it can save your tooth and your smile.
Dr. Clarence Kegler II proudly serves Suwanee and all surrounding areas.