Do You Need Root Canal Therapy?
Unfortunately, your mouth won’t always warn you when there is something going on; however, when it does it’s important that you are listening. Our Torrance, CA, dentists are here to provide you with the dental care you need. By coming in twice a year for cleanings and checkups we can catch and treat issues early on before they cause more serious problems. One common procedure we perform is root canal therapy.
What is root canal treatment?
This endodontic procedure treats infections and problems that occur within the tooth. Under the enamel and dentin layers of a tooth you’ll find soft tissue known as the dental pulp. The pulp is made up of nerves, connective tissue and blood vessels. The pulp starts at the crown of the tooth and runs to the tips of the tooth’s roots, and it’s an important part of the tooth’s development. But once a tooth has fully developed the pulp is no longer necessary for the tooth’s survival.
Why is a root canal performed?
If the pulp becomes inflamed or infected the only way to treat the problem is to remove the pulp. This is the purpose of root canal therapy. Everything from severe decay to repeated dental procedures to a crack can lead to an infected or inflamed pulp. A root canal is a required procedure and if you don’t get the treatment you need this could lead to an abscess or even tooth loss.
Will it hurt?
This is a question our Torrance, CA, dentist hears a lot. Unfortunately, root canals get a pretty negative rap even though this procedure really isn’t painful or invasive. In fact, getting a root canal is no more invasive than treating a cavity. Most people who need root canal treatment are also dealing with severe dental pain. By performing this procedure we actually remove the source of the pain.
Another benefit is that we will thoroughly numb the area with local anesthesia prior to treating the tooth so you won’t feel a thing. After all, the outside of the tooth does not contain nerves so you won’t experience discomfort. Once the procedure is over you’ll notice that your toothache is finally gone, which we know can be quite a relief.
Don’t let dental problems sneak up on you. Stay up-to-date on your routine dental cleanings to protect your smile from cavities, infection and injuries. If it’s time for your six-month cleaning call Hillside Dentistry & Orthodontics in Torrance, CA, today.