Why Do We Need Root Canal Therapy?

noblerootcanalBe honest: How much do you now about root canal therapy? Many people avoid or even fear this procedure simply because of gross misinformation. You may be surprised to find out how vital this procedure can be for saving your smile. Why do we need root canal therapy? We need the procedure in order to protect your teeth from infection.

Try Our Root Canal Therapy Quiz

  1. True or False: An infection can lead to tooth loss.
  2. True or False: A root canal is comfortable.
  3. True or False: Your tooth will look natural afterward.
  4. True or False: Never ignore aches or sensitivity in your teeth.

Answer Key

  1. True. A tooth becomes infected when bacteria reach the inner pulp, the nerve center of your tooth. Eventually, lack of treatment can cause an infection to worsen and effectively kill the tooth. The tooth will then require removal in order to prevent the spread of infection to surrounding teeth and into the jawbone itself.
  2. True. Prior to the procedure we will administer a local anesthetic. As a result, the procedure will be comfortable, often comparable to receiving a simple dental filling. The procedure involves opening the tooth and removing the infected tissue within. After cleaning and disinfecting the interior of the tooth, a restorative material known as gutta percha will be added.
  3. True. After adding the restorative material the tooth will be capped with a custom-made dental crown. The crown will be designed to mimic the appearance of a natural tooth and blend with your smile while protecting it form further decay or infection.
  4. True. One of the most common warning signs of an oral health problem, whether an infection or a cavity, is discomfort. If you notice tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures or a toothache that persists for more than 48 hours contact your doctor. We will perform an examination to see if you need treatment for a dental problem, such as an infection. If you have any questions about root canal therapy then please contact our office today.

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Dr. Natalee Noble and the staff of Noble Dentistry in Dallas, TX are more than just a team of dental professionals; they’re a family, and one that grows with every new patient! To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling today at 214-522-3110.