Chances are, you’ve heard a few horror stories over the years about root canals. However, we want to help you forget all of those stories by providing you with a better understanding of what exactly a root canal is and why it is used.

When Is It Needed?

A root canal is an endodontic procedure that is used when you have a tooth that has become infected. When you have an infected tooth, it means that bacteria has made it through the enamel of your tooth and into the layers of dentin inside, and from there, a cavity can form. When the cavity occurs, you’ll likely feel pain, sensitivity, swelling, fever, and even a discharge that has a foul taste. In these situations, failing to see your dentist for treatment can result in the tooth requiring extraction. However, if you seek treatment, it can be saved with a root canal.

Understanding a Root Canal

The first step in your root canal is the application of a local anesthetic. Then, your dentist will remove the infected areas of tissue from the tooth and clean the root canals. After the interior is cleaned of all infection, your tooth will be filled and a dental crown will be used to cap it.  

Dental crowns are an important part of endodontics and the root canal, as they provide additional protection for your teeth. Additionally, they restore your teeth to a natural and healthy appearance that looks and feels like the real thing. You’ll be able to eat and talk normally, and no one will ever know you have a crown in place.

Special Considerations

If you are nervous about your root canal, you can request sedation as a part of the procedure to help you relax. You’ll still be awake the entire time, but you won’t feel anything, and many people don’t even remember the procedure afterwards either. If you have any anxiety or are nervous, make sure to speak with your dentist prior to the procedure to see if sedation is an option for you.

If you have a toothache, are experiencing pain when chewing, or have swelling around a tooth, make sure to contact Drs. Galligan & Villa Dental Studio in Staten Island, New York. You should make sure you don’t delay to make sure endodontics can save your tooth, rather than having to have it extracted.