The first priority of any good dentist is to try and preserve and maintain the health of your natural teeth. This is where root canal treatment is extremely helpful. It used to be that when a tooth was infected and damaged, the only method of treatment was to remove it altogether. However, a root canal allows us to eliminate bacteria and prevent further infection to save the natural tooth.

What Is a Root Canal?

A root canal treatment refers to the removal of the inflamed or infected pulp in the tooth while also cleaning and disinfecting the inside of the tooth before filling and sealing it. A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures as millions of people undergo root canal treatment each year.

Underneath the hard enamel and dentin of the tooth is the pulp, a soft tissue containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, all of which help your tooth’s root grow during its development. The procedure itself is similar to a filing and can be completed in one appointment in most cases. It’s essentially painless and extremely effective.

How Do You Know You Need a Root Canal?

There can be several reasons why a root canal treatment would be necessary, most commonly due to a cracked tooth — whether by genetics or injury — a deep cavity or issues stemming from a previous filling. When you notice your teeth becoming sensitive to hot or cold sensations, a root canal may be required. Some symptoms to look for would be:

  • A chipped or cracked tooth
  • Tender or swollen gums
  • Pain when chewing or biting
  • Sensitivity to cold or hot
  • Decay or darkening of the gums

Benefits of a Root Canal

Of the many great benefits of a root canal treatment, effectiveness and comfort are among the top. A root canal treatment is practically painless and you experience less discomfort in recovery than having the tooth extracted. Modern techniques and anesthesia make the experience quick and pain-free. Preserving your natural teeth is a great way to maintain a beautiful smile and keep the function of your teeth. With proper care, a root canal treatment can last a lifetime!

  • Cost-effective
  • Long-lasting
  • Pain-free
  • Visually appealing

Contact Us Today!

To learn more about the reasons for and benefits of root canal treatment, please contact us at Transcend Dental today. Dr. Sajid is committed to improving your dental health!