Though in the past, a heavily decayed tooth may have meant that you would lose your tooth altogether and have to live with a gap in your smile. Luckily, this is no longer the case and your dentist can repair your cavity with a root canal. Knowing the early signs of tooth decay can help you get into your dentist’s office in a timely manner to treat your condition or even avoid a root canal altogether. Find out more about the signs you may need a root canal with Dr. Chris Haganman, Dr. Brad Stovie, and Dr. Shannon Hingst at The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids, IA.
What is a root canal used for?
As tooth decay moves through a tooth, it eventually reaches the tooth’s inner pulp chamber, which houses the soft tissues and nerves, and infects the tissues to cause a toothache. A root canal removes these diseased tissues and nerves and replaces them with a filling material. With the tooth sealed, its outer structure remains functional and, often with the help of a dental crown for extra stabilization and protection, can withstand daily use once again.
How can a root canal benefit my tooth?
A root canal is an alternative to the only other treatment for a significantly decayed or compromised tooth - extraction. Though it may seem like the simpler option, tooth extraction leaves behind a gap in the smile and comes along with a slew of side effects that have a long-term effect on your teeth, including shifting teeth and bone atrophy. A root canal allows the tooth to remain in the mouth, ensuring the surrounding teeth stay in place and the bone is adequately stimulated to avoid atrophy in the future. Root canal also prevents the outcome of having a gap in your smile.
What can I expect during a root canal?
During a root canal, your dentist will make a small hole in the top of the tooth and remove its infected inner contents. They will then scrub the tooth to ensure that no infection remains behind and fill the hole left behind with composite resin materials. After sealing the tooth, your dentist may recommend a dental crown to provide protection and stabilization since the filling left behind is normally quite large.
Root Canal Therapy in Cedar Rapids, IA
For more information on root canals, please contact Dr. Chris Haganman, Dr. Brad Stovie, and Dr. Shannon Hingst at The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids, IA. Call (319) 365-0534 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!