Why Root Canals Can Be A Saving Grace
At some point in our lives, we’ve all heard the term ‘root canal’ and had it equated to something terrible or unpleasant to endure. Consider the number of times the phrase “I’d rather have a root canal than…” some onerous event that the individual is making it clear they’d avoid in favor of this universally feared procedure. The fact of the matter is that root canals are a relatively routine procedure that is usually performed pain-free, and in fact, help to relieve ongoing pain in patients who receive them. If you’ve ever wondered exactly what’s involved in a root canal, read on to find out more.
So What Is A Root Canal Exactly?
Root canals are a procedure performed on teeth that have become damaged or diseased through trauma or poor oral care. Every year millions of teeth are saved by procedures like these, their owners free from the pain they were causing and the tooth restored to a healthy state. A root canal is what takes place when the pulp inside the tooth, a fleshy substance initially responsible for providing nutrients to the tooth as it develops, is removed due to damage or decay. The removal of pulp from a mature tooth can improve its health as the tissues around it are now capable of providing nourishment, rendering the pulp unnecessary.
Why Would I Need A Root Canal?
If you have a tooth that’s become damaged from misadventure, or that is suffering from advanced disease and decay, a root canal may be able to save it. Teeth are resilient structures and even those that aren’t in the best of shape can be restored to a healthy state if proper steps are taken. Poor oral care or an accident can damage the tooth, weakening it and compromising the pulp inside. A root canal solves this problem by removing the pulp and strengthening the tooth.
Why Not Just Have The Tooth Extracted?
This is a common question, especially among those who still believe that modern root canals are a painful process. Removing a natural tooth causes far more problems than it solves, and can seriously impact your quality of life. Natural teeth help to protect their surrounding teeth from strain and wear, the normal sensation of biting is retained, and patients retain the ability to chew efficiently. Teeth are more than just a surface we use to grind up food, they also support the jaw, the whole face, the gums, and retain the natural appearance of our faces.
If you have a tooth that’s been paining you or suspect that you’re suffering from related issues, like an abscess, pick up the phone and give Dr. Jaskaren Randhawa a call at Midtown Dental Care. They’ve been proud to serve the citizens of New York City and are always looking to bring new patients in to be part of their dentistry family. Don’t let the need for a root canal keep you from taking care of a damaged or diseased tooth, stop in and get a consultation today.