Understanding the purpose of root canal therapy
- Posted on: Sep 30 2020
Whether you have a tooth that has experience extensive trauma, or you are dealing with a severe toothache caused by infection, it may be time to speak to a professional about root canal therapy. Root canal therapy is a specialized procedure that is completed by a dentist to remove the dental pulp from the inside of the natural tooth. In doing so, this deadens the tooth to eliminate pain and infection, while eliminating the need for permanent extraction of the tooth. Root canal therapy is a common treatment that is done to salvage a tooth even when problems arise.
Why would I need root canal therapy?
The procedure called root canal therapy, or “endodontic therapy,” is often recommended to patients when extraction may be the only other option. This procedure can eliminate the need for permanent removal of natural teeth as it deadens the tooth through removal of the dental pulp. The dental pulp is a mass of tissues inside of a tooth that contains the nerves and blood supply. With removal, the tooth is no longer alive, which eliminates any pain or discomfort the patient might have felt. Once the dental pulp is removed, the tooth can become brittle and more susceptible to breakage, so oftentimes the dentist will place a dental crown over the tooth as an extra layer of protection.
Is root canal therapy painful?
Absolutely not! Dr. David Frey and his team ensure patients are comfortable for their procedure by using proper sedation and anesthetics to deaden the area and eliminate pain receptors. In most cases, root canal therapy is performed to relieve patients of a toothache, not cause one!
Are you worried that you may need root canal therapy?
There’s nothing to be afraid of! Root canal therapy is a common procedure performed by Dr. David Frey and his team. If you are considering root canal therapy, or have been told by a professional that you could benefit from one, connect with our team to discuss treatment. We are conveniently located at 462 North Linden Drive, Suite #414 and can be reached by calling our front office at (310) 276-4537.
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