Facts to Know Before Getting a Root Canal

Posted November 24, 2014.

If we’ve told you that you need to have root canal therapy in Woburn, you may be sifting through tons of medical websites to get information on your upcoming dental procedure. But before you drive yourself crazy will all that researching, your Woburn dentist Agape Dentist is offering up a handy guide that will give you an inside look into root canals and what to expect.

Know your anatomy

Hiding under the harder layers of your tooth’s enamel and dentin is a soft tissue known as the pulp. The pulp is home to your tooth’s blood vessels, connective tissue and nerves. You could say it’s the feeling part of the tooth, as it detects hot and cold. While a tooth’s pulp is important, it is not crucial for the tooth to live. As long as the tissues surrounding the tooth can provide the proper nourishment it needs, a tooth can still thrive without the pulp.

Why do I need root canal therapy?

If you have an infected pulp that is severely damaged, your Woburn endodontist may highly recommend a root canal. A pulp can become inflamed or infected due to trauma, disease or decay. If the infected pulp isn’t treated right away, you may experience pain as a result. You will need a root canal in order to eliminate pain, remove the infected pulp and preserve your natural tooth.

What does root canal therapy do?

During treatment, we will remove the infected pulp and then clean and disinfect the inside of the tooth to make sure no bacteria or infection remains. Then using a rubber-like substance, we will fill and seal your tooth. We will then apply the same resin that we use for dental fillings to your tooth to offer another layer of protection. Immediately your tooth is restored back to its original function.

Are root canals painful?

You’ve probably heard all the horror stories surrounding root canal therapy; however, don’t believe everything you hear or read. In fact, the point of root canal therapy is to eliminate the pain you are experiencing. Root canals are really no more uncomfortable than getting a dental filling and you’ll be so happy to say goodbye to the pain of an infected tooth.

Call Agape Dentist for root canal treatment

If you’re experiencing tooth-related pain, don’t wait to seek treatment. Call Agape Dentist today to schedule an appointment at the earliest available date. Nip pain in the bud before you have a more serious problem on your hands!