Many times, a person doesn't know they have an infected root canal until it becomes painful. At that point, of course, the only concern is finding relief fast.
But there’s actually much more at stake than your comfort; while pain is a powerful motivating force in seeking treatment, the purpose of root canal therapy is to preserve the structure of the tooth.
Why You Need a Root Canal
To understand, let’s take a look at why a root canal becomes necessary and what happens during the procedure.
Located deep inside your teeth is a chamber that runs through the middle of your tooth and houses dental pulp, which is made up of connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerves. If the tooth suffers trauma or infection or decay penetrates the pulp, you will start to feel a pain that intensifies until it becomes unbearable.
During the root canal procedure, your dentist must remove all the pulp and infected material, disinfect and fill the tooth, and seal it for protection. The treatment not only provides the relief you so desperately need, but it also preserves the structure of the tooth.
Why Preserving the Tooth is Important
Preserving tooth structure whenever possible is a good idea even if the tooth itself is no longer alive, as is the case after a root canal. Obviously, you don’t want a conspicuous gap in your smile, but you also need to be able to form words and chew comfortably, both of which are difficult or impossible when a tooth is missing.
Another important reason for saving a tooth that’s not as obvious is that the presence of tooth roots stimulate growth of bone in your jaw. If a tooth and its root are lost, the process of bone regeneration comes to a halt and puts you at risk for tooth misalignment issues, bite problems, and possible loss of other adjacent teeth.
Call Oak Family Dental for More Information
Our doctors in Metairie, LA have performed many stress-free root canals and will be happy to answer all your questions about the procedure. Please call us to arrange an appointment at your convenience!