Root Canals: Easier and Safer Than You Think

Northampton Dental blog, restorative dentistry

The permanent teeth are meant to last for a lifetime, and should one, or all, be lost they will never be naturally replaced. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, but it is not invincible to damage, infection, or decay. Trauma and injury to the mouth caused by an accident, and decay or infection that causes a deep cavity inside the tooth all leave the tooth incredibly vulnerable. If a tooth is damaged, root canal therapy is often needed to treat and save the tooth.

What every dentist across the United States wants his or her patients to understand is that root canals are not painful procedures. Root canals are often associated with pain, but that is because it is the infected tooth that leads to the need for a root canal is painful. Infected teeth are painful – root canals are not! An infected tooth is extremely painful because the infection is attacking the nerves and living tissues of the tooth from the inside out. If a tooth infection goes untreated, the pain will become excruciatingly intolerable and the damage will be so severe that the tooth cannot be saved.

Root canals are performed under local anesthesia. They are a relatively common procedure that is done because it is always in a patient’s best interest to save a tooth rather than remove it. During the procedure, the tooth is opened up so that the infection and/or decay can be removed. Once the tooth is cleaned out, it will be treated with antibiotics, filled, and then sealed in order to prevent further damage from occurring.

At Northampton Dental, we proudly provide the highest standard in dentistry. We want to promote optimal oral health for all of our patients, which is why we encourage you to call immediately should any tooth or oral pain arise. Treating an infected tooth quickly is essential for proper treatment to be given in a timely manner. You do not want any decay or infection to spread to neighboring teeth, causing further damage and the need for more extensive treatment. At Northampton Dental, we are committed to providing compassionate and gentle care. Call today.