Don’t Allow These Two Words To Frighten You!
These two words, “root canal,” strike fear in the hearts of thousands of Americans on a daily basis. Why? Because it seems like everyone has a horror story about this procedure, but don’t listen to idle gossip! A root canal is actually a lot less painful than the suffering a patient endures before the dentist gets to work, and at Quail Creek Dental we will do everything we can to make the procedure as stress free as possible for you.
The Root Canal Procedure
This dental procedure is conducted when the nerve of a tooth sustains an infection or the pulp of a tooth or teeth is impaired. When a patient undergoes a root canal, the nerve and the pulp are removed and the tooth is sealed to protect against further damage.
Left untreated, cavities caused by decay spread quickly. Once the vascular portion of the tooth, called the pulp, becomes infected, tooth pain often results necessitating removal of the infected tooth tissue. The pulp contains nervous tissue and vessels that often cause pain and infection when encroached upon by bacterial decay of trauma. Most dentist recognize the bad stigma associated with root canals. And while they may have deserved that stigma before modern dentistry came along, root canals can easily be done pain free. Dr. Matt Stunkel will ensure you are COMPLETELY NUMB before performing a root canal. We use multiple anesthetic techniques and also offer nitrous oxide/laughing gas for the extremely nervous patients.
What Is Pulp?
Often referred to as a chamber, the pulp is a soft area in the immediate center of the tooth where all the blood vessels and tissues are. It is the foundation, so to speak, of this structure and the nerve of the tooth runs from the tip of the tooth into the pulp through what is referred to as canal.
Oddly enough, the nerve is not essential to the overall well-being of the tooth once it has erupted. All it does is tell you whether something is hot or cold, so if it is removed it will not affect the health of the tooth.
Ask Dr. Stunkel today about the structure of the tooth and how it functions.
Does The Pulp Have To Be Extracted?
Yes. Once it is infected, bacteria multiply and can create an abscessed tooth or the infection can spread to the root canal itself.
Issues that can arise include:
- Swelling that can migrate to the face, neck or head
- Loss of bone at the base of the root
- Drainage into the mouth, gums and cheeks when the infection creates a hole in the tooth
How Do You Know You Need A Root Canal?
It is possible to experience no symptoms but generally these are the signs:
- Severe pain while eating or when the tooth is touched
- Heightened tooth sensitivity long after eating or drinking
- The tooth will turn dark
- Swelling or pain in the gumline near the tooth
- Something that looks like a pimple on the gums
Contact Quail Creek Dental today at 417-750-4075 to schedule an appointment for a root canal with the latest comfort technology!