When most Calgarians think about a root canal, they envision a painful trip to their Calgary dentist office for treatment, followed by a few weeks of recovery. For the most part, this description is unfortunately quite accurate. However, a root canal is easily avoided and after reading this blog, you should be well informed on how to keep your teeth clean and healthy.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a dental treatment to repair and/or save an infected (or badly damaged) tooth. The procedure involves a dentist removing the damaged area of the tooth, cleaning and disinfecting the area, and then filling and sealing it.
What Causes Root Canals?
Cavities, deep tooth decay, cracks and chips in the tooth, and repeated dental procedures on a tooth can all result in root canals. Furthermore, an injury to a tooth can cause pulp damage, which leads to inflammation and pain.
What Should You Expect During a Root Canal Procedure?
Root Canals involve several steps that occur over a few trips to see your local dentist.
X-rays are often used by a dentist if they suspect that you may need a root canal. X-rays let the dentist see if and where tooth decay has occurred.
Local Anesthesia is used by dental professionals in a root canal procedure to ensure the patient is comfortable. Thus, a root canal is no more painful than a regular filling.
A Pulpectomy, an opening in your tooth, is made by your dentist. He or she then removes the pulp from the inflamed tooth through the opening. Most of the pain before your root canal will have been caused by pressure from infected pulp.
A Filling is the last step to a root canal procedure.
How do You Prevent a Root Canal?
Root canals are easily avoided. Good oral hygiene, seeing your Calgary dentist regularly, and protecting your teeth from trauma are all easy ways to prevent root canals. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily are great ways to keep teeth healthy and prevent cavities. It is important to catch cavities at an early stage if they do occur, so that a simple filling is all that’s necessary to fix the tooth.
Root canals are a problem that can prevented with good dental hygiene. Simply seeing the dentist regularly, brushing and flossing every day, and protecting your teeth from trauma can go a long ways in preventing the need for a root canal. If you have any further questions or know someone who may need treatment, don’t hesitate to contact our team at Apple Dental Group today!