When people think about a root canal, they think about something that is uncomfortable and inconvenient. However, the truth is that root canals can be performed with minimal discomfort and very little hassle for the patient. In fact, far from being a source of discomfort and far from being something that should cause apprehension, root canals are one of the best ways to relieve dental pain that is caused by an infected dental root. A lot of the fear surrounding a root canal stems from people not thoroughly understanding what happens during the procedure. The more that you understand about root canal therapy, the less apprehension having this procedure performed will cause.
First, if you hear that you need a root canal, do not be alarmed. Every single year, millions of teeth around the globe are saved thanks to root canal therapy. Every single year, millions of individuals find long-term relief from their tooth pain by the root canal procedure. These individuals see that the procedure allows them to have a healthy mouth again.
Your teeth are divided into different layers. The external layer is the enamel. Your enamel is what you see. It’s what gives your teeth its strength. Underneath the enamel, there is a layer that is referred to as dentin. This is a soft pulp. This is where all the nerves, connective tissues and blood vessels that help your teeth grow are located. Interestingly, your teeth can continue to survive indefinitely without that pulp as long as they are receiving nourishment from the surrounding tissue.
The purpose of a root canal is to clean out any infection, get rid of any abscess and help you get back to smiling normally, chewing food normally, speaking normally and living a life that is free of pain. A root canal can save your tooth. And this brings a lot of advantages. If you can save your tooth, you are able to eat better. If you are able to save your tooth, you have a normal biting sensation and a normal biting force. Obviously, saving your natural teeth is going to look better. And if you can save your natural teeth, you protect your other teeth from excessive wear and tear.
A lot of the concern and fear surrounding root canal therapy come from outdated ideas and procedures that are no longer used. When you have root canal therapy performed at Dentistry First in Virginia Beach, your overall oral health will be improved. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more.