What Is a Root Canal?
Part of the confusion and worry surrounding root canal therapy is a misunderstanding of what the process is and why it is used. Additionally, most people who need a root canal are already in pain, and that pain is associated with the procedure itself, furthering the idea that root canals are painful.
While the procedure itself is often referred to as “getting a root canal” or “root canal therapy,” the root canal is actually the name for a part of your tooth’s anatomy. The root canal is a natural space within your tooth that contains the pulp chamber and the nerve of your tooth. When the root canal is compromised and the area is infected or the nerve is damaged, the best way to save the tooth is to extract the nerve, clean out the infection from the interior of the tooth, and seal the tooth to prevent problems in the future.
The branch of dentistry that deals with root canals is called endodontics. At Agave Dental, our dentists are skilled in endodontic therapies and have the necessary experience to make your root canal comfortable and successful.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
Root canal or endodontic therapy may be necessary in a variety of situations. While pain is one of the leading signs that a root canal is needed, it is possible to not feel any pain yet still need a root canal. For instance, if your tooth was seriously injured and the nerve died, you would not feel pain, but a root canal would still be required to save the tooth. This type of situation is often diagnosed by x-ray. If you ever sustain a serious injury to your tooth, please call our office right away so that we can check your tooth and make sure that the root canal has maintained its integrity.
Cavities that are left untreated and invade the root canal are a top reason for root canal therapy, one reason why it’s important to get regular examinations and cleanings at our Phoenix dental office. When we can catch cavities early, we can stop them in their tracks and prevent pain, serious damage to your tooth, and more extensive dentistry down the road.