Root canal therapy is a somewhat feared treatment for many dental patients. Just the term “root canal” can get a person’s heart rate racing!
Well, our Glendale dentists are here to assure you that there is truly nothing to be afraid of when it comes to root canals. And, in fact, this treatment can be smile-saving.
Root canal therapy becomes necessary when a tooth is damaged all the way down into the dental core. A cavity that began in the dental enamel, for example, may have bored through the dentin and into the pulp of the tooth.
During root canal treatment, our dentist is able to go into the center of the tooth and remove any infected or vulnerable material. The goal is to clear away damaged tooth structure, while retaining as much of the healthy dental enamel as possible. When treating the tooth, our dentist removes all of the inner tooth, including the tooth root and nerves, hence the name.
In order to complete the treatment process, our dentist cleans the remaining tooth structure. Then, our team fills the tooth and caps it with a customized dental restoration. The final result is a tooth that is fully restored, stable, and attractive.
When root canal therapy is put off, or forgone all together, the infected tooth can become more damaged and vulnerable to decay. An infection that begins in the tooth can even spread to the patient’s gums or jawbone. If you want to avoid premature tooth loss, then root canal therapy may turn out to be a necessary part of your treatment plan.
Please don’t let fear or anxiety keep you from getting the restorative care that you need to enjoy a healthy and strong smile for years to come. If you need more information about root canal treatment, our Glendale dentists are here for you!