Dr. Steven Braithwaite and our Elite Dental team in American Fork, Utah, are here for your smile. If you have a tooth that is causing you pain, you may require a root canal treatment. What does this mean? Well, inside the center of your tooth lies the tooth pulp. Tooth pulp has nerves, connective tissue and blood vessels which branch out and into each root through canals in the tooth. This tooth pulp can become inflamed or infected due to decay. A root canal can actually save a diseased tooth from requiring extraction.
How does a tooth pulp become infected or diseased? There are a variety of factors, including an injury to the tooth, a tooth which has become cracked, broken, or has a deep cavity, repeated dental treatments such as fillings on a tooth, and gum disease. All of these allow bacteria to enter the pulp and cause problems.
A root canal can save your tooth so that it doesn’t need to be extracted. It is usually preferable to save a tooth rather than replace it. While some people believe root canals are painful procedures, they actually are no more uncomfortable than having a filling done, and they provide relief from tooth pain you are already experiencing.
During a root canal treatment, you will be made comfortable while our dentist removes the damaged pulp, thoroughly cleans and disinfects the space and then fills and seals the area. After a root canal, the tooth will need to be topped with a filling or crown, depending on your needs.
To keep your teeth healthy and strong, be sure to brush and floss carefully every day to remove food particles, bacteria, and plaque. You will also want to maintain regular dental cleanings to remove hardened plaque and tartar deposits. Even after you have a root canal, strong oral hygiene is essential to keeping a tooth healthy, because a tooth which has undergone a root canal treatment can still fall prey to gum disease and tooth decay.
If you would like to find out more or would like to schedule a cleaning and exam, please call a member of our staff at 801-763-7737. Dr. Steven Braithwaite and our Elite Dental team in American Fork, Utah, are here for your smile!