What Is A Root Canal?
The term “root canal” actually refers to the natural cavity located at the center of a tooth. Inside of the root canal is soft tissue, or pulp, as well as the tooth’s nerve. Trauma to the tooth can allow bacteria or debris to enter the root canal and cause an infection. An infected root canal is very painful and often requires a procedure also called a root canal to remove the infected tissue and heal the tooth.
Root Canal vs. Tooth Extraction
Doctors Maria Burmaster and Valerie Hemphill use root canal therapy as part of a conservative approach to preserve a patient’s natural tooth. A root canal is a routine procedure that can be completed from the comfort of our Marrero, LA dentist office in just one visit.
Our Barataria dentists always aim to provide patients with the most conservative treatment option possible with the goal of doing as little damage to the functional aspects of the bite. A root canal is often a preferred treatment in comparison to a tooth extraction. A root canal preserves as much of the natural tooth as possible, helping to support long-term stability and health.
Why Not To Fear A Root Canal
Most people associate root canals with extreme pain. In fact, the root canal procedure is no more painful than having a dental filling. The pain and discomfort come from the actual infection, rather than the procedure — patients who undergo root canal therapy experience significant relief after their treatment. Root canals have a success rate of 95% and allow people to preserve their natural teeth.
It May Not Actually Hurt
Before the procedure, a dentist will inject a numbing anesthetic medicine around the infected tooth, which will feel like a slight prick on your gum. After that, you may not feel much at all.
Post-Pain Surgery Is Not That Bad
The other reason people fear root canals is because of possible post-surgery pain, complications or lack of functionality. Most people return to their normal routine the next day. If you’re at risk of an infection, your dentist will give you an antibiotic to fight it off.
Your Natural Tooth Will Be Saved
The goal of a root canal is to save the tooth, despite the infection inside, and it’s hugely successful in doing so.
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