|Is a Root Canal Traumatic to Your Tooth?
Posted on 8/24/2020 by Dr. Ahmed Matri
|If you need a root canal to save your tooth, you will find that the surgery is far less painful and traumatic than if you choose an extraction. In fact, having a root canal today is a fairly easy process and can be done without incurring undue pain or discomfort.
What Is a Root Canal?
According to the American Association of Endodontists, a root canal is a dental treatment designed to remove bacteria from an infected root canal in order to save a tooth. During the procedure, the pulp, which contains blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerves, is removed. In turn, the canal(s) are cleaned and disinfected as well as the inside of the tooth. The space and canal(s) are cleaned, disinfected, and filled, and a sealant is applied to prevent further infection. Therefore, a root canal, today, can be compared to getting a filling. However, we have to go further down to apply the filling materials.
What Happens after a Root Canal?
After a root canal is performed, we normally place a crown on the tooth to protect it. A temporary restoration is placed if we need to send an impression of the tooth to a lab. We can also make a crown in a day using CEREC technology. CEREC is an acronym that stands for Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic, and is a process that has revolutionized the making of inlays, onlays, veneers, and crowns. By using this one-day solution, we can create a crown without any long wait time involved. This is especially useful if a person has an injury or has undergone root canal therapy.
If you need to have a tooth restored and root canal performed, we advise it over a tooth extraction. Not only is a root canal less traumatic, it will preserve your tooth and, in the long run, involve less expense. As noted, a root canal today is not painful and is simply an extension of filling a tooth damaged due to decay. If you feel you could benefit from the treatment, give us a call now to schedule an appointment for a consultation.