When many patients hear that they need root canal in Jacksonville Beach area, they go into a small panic largely because there are so many myths associated with the procedure. This can be a tooth saving procedure that helps you hang on to your natural teeth.
It Gets You Out of Pain
The pulp of your teeth is rife with nerve endings for a reason. Those nerve endings help to alert you that something is very wrong with the tooth. When an experienced dentist performs a root canal, it will stop the pain of the infected pulp. With a root canal, the pulp of the infected tooth is removed before packing the canal with a rubber like substance to avoid any further infections in the tooth. A crown is placed on the tooth to further protect it from damage. Thanks to modern advances, this procedure is much like getting a filling and can be completed in one or two appointments.
What Causes the Need for a Root Canal?
There are several causes of pulp infections including:
- Trauma to the tooth
- Chips in the tooth
- Multiple dental procedures on the same tooth
- An ill-fitting crown
The pulp in the tooth can be damaged through decay at the surface which makes it way through the enamel, the dentin and finally arrives in the pulp. Trauma can also damage the pulp without any exterior evidence.
Chips and Cracks
Chips in the tooth or a cracked tooth can let the bacterium in that causes infections. The pulp can be infected easier in teeth that are damaged.
If a tooth has had to have multiple fillings it is as risk for an infection that can get into the pulp. A crown that is not fitted properly can also be the culprit. Jax Beaches Family Dentist can help you to learn more about the process and why it may be the best option for you.