According to the American Association of Endodontists, root canal therapy is the most feared dental procedure of all. That’s not surprising; in our society, root canals have been characterized as being excruciating and unbearable. Despite this stigma, root canal therapy is a relatively pain-free, quick and comfortable procedure. In fact, it relieves your pain and can prevent more complicated oral issues down the road. Here at Buffalo Prairie Dental, we can put your fears at ease.
What is a Root Canal?
A “root canal” is a term used to describe the natural cavity in the center of a tooth. This area contains a soft area known as the pulp chamber that houses the nerves. If this area becomes irritated or infected due to cavities, trauma or decay, root canal therapy is necessary. If left untreated, the infection can cause an abscess, which can lead to swelling of the face and neck as well as bone loss around the roots of teeth.
Symptoms of a Root Canal Problem
- Severe tooth pain and sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Tooth becomes discolored
- Swollen, tender gums
- A reoccurring pimple that forms on the gums
Root Canal Therapy Procedure
In years past, these treatments would take long multiple appointments. Buffalo Prairie Dental and Dr KJ Sturhahn typically complete a root canal from start to finish in one short appointment. The basic concept of root canal therapy is to remove the inflamed, infected or dead nerve tissue from within the center of the tooth and root…the tooth and root remain in your mouth and only the soft tissue in the center is removed much like coring an apple. Once cleaned out, the root canal is then sealed to prevent further infection and the tooth is restored with a build up and crown.