There are often misconceptions and misunderstandings about root canals. Patients can worry that a root canal is an intensely invasive and painful procedure, but root canals have come a long way. The process is no longer the painful experience of days past. And root canal treatment is one way of saving a deeply infected tooth while preventing teeth extraction. At Peninsula Family Dental Center, we want to educate our patients on root canal therapy in Soldotna, Alaska, so that they make educated and well-informed decisions regarding their dental health.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is the removal of the infected pulp (living tissue) inside of your tooth, in order to preserve the overall tooth. When a tooth is damaged to the point that it impacts your sensitivity to different textures and temperatures of foods, a root canal may be needed to prevent further damage to your tooth and to your nerves. Once the infected portion of the tooth is removed, a rubber-like material is used to fill in that portion of the tooth. This provides protection against further decay and will reduce the patient’s sensitivity to certain textures and temperatures.
Did you know that about 15 million root canals are performed each year (American Association of Endodontists, 2018)? Symptoms that could indicate the need for a root canal include:
- Sensitivity while chewing foods
- Sensitivity to foods that are hot or cold
- Darkening in the color of your tooth
- Swelling and tenderness of the nearby gums
A root canal is the first step in removing the infection within the tooth for the purpose of full restoration. Root canals do not save the tooth, but they will prevent the need for extracting your tooth. A crown may be needed to fully protect your tooth from further damage.
We want our patients to feel good about their dental health. That’s one reason we strive to provide informed answers and solutions for your needs. Root Canal Therapy in Soldotna, Alaska is a good solution for preserving your teeth while removing deep tissue infection. Contact your favorite dentist at Peninsula Family Dental Center with any questions, or if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned in this blog post.
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