What is a Root Canal and Why Might You Need One?
If you are experiencing severe tooth pain, a root canal might be the solution. So, what exactly is a root canal entail, and why might you need one? Let’s unpack this with Dolynchuk Dental.
A root canal, or endodontic therapy, is a crucial dental procedure designed to save and repair a tooth that is severely decayed or infected. At the core of your tooth is what we call pulp, a collection of blood vessels and nerve tissue that gives life to your tooth.
When the pulp gets infected or inflamed due to deep decay, cracks, or chips, it can cause severe pain and sensitivity. A root canal therapy is performed to remove this infected pulp, clean the inside of the tooth, and then seal it to prevent future decay.
Why might you need a root canal?
Here are the primary reasons:
Severe Tooth Decay: Tooth decay starts on the outer layers of the tooth, but if left untreated, it can progress into the inner pulp. When such a situation arises, it could result in severe pain, sensitivity, and even tooth loss. A root canal removes the decay from within the tooth, alleviating pain and saving the tooth.
Tooth Damage: Any form of trauma or damage to a tooth can potentially expose the pulp to bacteria, leading to infection. Cracks or chips, whether from an injury or from biting down on something hard, can necessitate a root canal to prevent or treat an infection.
Multiple Dental Procedures: If the same tooth has undergone several procedures, it can put stress on the pulp, which can eventually lead to damage and inflammation. In such a case, a root canal can be the necessary procedure to address the issue with the impacted tooth.
Abscessed Tooth: A dental abscess is a severe and potentially life-threatening condition where a pocket of pus forms due to a bacterial infection. The abscess can occur at different regions of the tooth for various reasons, one of which includes untreated tooth decay. If the abscess forms at the root tip, a root canal treatment is often needed to remove the abscess and save the tooth.
At Dolynchuk Dental, we understand that the thought of a root canal can be intimidating. However, with modern dental techniques and anesthesia, root canal therapy is often no more uncomfortable than getting a filling.
Our dedicated team is skilled in performing root canal procedures with a focus on your comfort and well-being. We use advanced technology and techniques to ensure your treatment is as smooth and painless as possible.
Let’s keep your smile pain-free together at Dolynchuk Dental!
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We are a full-service family dental clinic in Red Deer AB providing everything from check-ups, cleanings, cosmetic, Invisalign, white fillings, crowns & bridges, extractions, root canals, and dental implants. For people with dental anxiety we have a revolutionary solution: Our Solea Laser takes the drill, needle, noise and pains out of dental visits! Learn more about SOLEA.