If your dentist suggests repairing your injured or damaged tooth with a root canal, you may not consider this to be particularly exciting news. However, a root canal can repair the damage done to your tooth by decay, preserve the natural structure of your tooth, and even prevent a full extraction. Find out more about root canal therapy and how it can help you with Dr. David Defurio and Dr. Stephen Norovich at Southwest Dental Group in Racine, WI.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a procedure which clears a tooth of decayed or damaged tissue, scrubs clean the inside of the tooth, then fills the tooth to restore its natural structure. Often, a tooth which has undergone a root canal requires the added protection of a dental crown after the procedure.
Does a root canal hurt?
A root canal should never hurt. Contrary to popular belief, this is a pain-free procedure which only takes place once your mouth is totally numb. You may feel some pressure during your procedure, but the local anesthetic your dentist administers prior to the procedure numbs the mouth to any pain.
Do I need a root canal?
If you have a heavily decayed tooth, you may need a root canal. Additionally, if the soft tissues within your tooth have become damaged, your dentist may suggest a root canal. Some of the common signs of heavy decay include:
- unexplained bad breath
- dark spot on the tooth
- a hole in the tooth
- sensitivity to hot/cold
- unpleasant taste in the mouth
What can I expect during a root canal?
Your dentist will begin by numbing your mouth, then they will remove the contents of your tooth through a small access hole created in its crown. With the tooth empty, your dentist will scrub its inside walls and roots to ensure that no infection remains behind. Then, your dentist fills the tooth to restore its structure. Usually, dentists suggest a dental crown to protect the tooth after the treatment.
Root Canal Therapy in Racine, WI
For more information on root canal therapy, please contact Dr. David Defurio and Dr. Stephen Norovich at Southwest Dental Group in Racine, WI. Call (262) 632-3156 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!