Friday, February 23, 2018

Why You Shouldn’t Fear Root Canal Therapy

Most patients immediately feel anxious at the thought of requiring a root canal procedure. Your dental professional might recommend this treatment to address severe tooth decay, injury, trauma, damaged teeth, or an abscess. For many patients, having their discomfort treated is appealing. However, many people put off treatment because they’re afraid of root canals. Although the term may sound alarming, root canal therapy is designed to alleviate pain, not add to it.

Apprehensions about root canal therapy are nothing new. Here are some common questions and concerns that our dental professionals at Hughes Dental Group answer when patients are in need of endodontic treatment.

Why is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?

A tooth’s structure is made up of several layers; the outer protective enamel, the dentin, and the inner soft tissue called the pulp. This internal area contains an entire network of nerves, blood vessels, and the connective tissue that supports a strong and healthy tooth. When the tooth is damaged by an injury, severe decay, or faulty fillings, the interior workings are vulnerable to significant infection. If this is left untreated, it can lead to increased discomfort or an abscess.

What Should I Expect During the Procedure?

First and foremost, a local anesthetic is always used while patients undergo treatment. This makes for a comfortable and calm procedure, even for anxious patients. The ideal purpose of root canal therapy is to remove the source of your pain and to disinfect the affected tooth cavity properly.

Once the harmful bacteria is cleared from pulp chamber and the root canals, medicinal bio-compatible materials are used to fill the canals. A temporary crown is placed, sealing off the area until a newly customized filling can be permanently set, finalizing your root canal therapy. All in all, you can expect to have full dental function and a restored smile.

At Hughes Dental Group, our dental team is dedicated to restoring your smile to its natural health and beauty.

If you or a loved one are in need of root canal therapy, we encourage you to call or visit our Campbell, CA practice today!