Posted on 8/20/2019 by Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry
You have probably heard someone compare an activity they were not looking forward to to getting a root canal. Even if you have never had one yourself, you almost certainly have an unfavorable feeling towards the procedure.
In fact, if you are like many people, you might be wondering if you should even bother getting a root canal.
The fact is that you should get a root canal if your particular set of circumstances calls for it. Here is more information about the procedure, and why you should have it done.
What is a Root Canal?
Essentially, a root canal is a procedure where the tooth is opened up and the soft material inside it (known as the “pulp” of the tooth) is removed. Once the tooth has been hollowed out, the pulp is replaced with a synthetic material, and the hole in the enamel is repaired with a filling.
Why Get a Root Canal?
Usually, a root canal is necessary in a situation where the pulp has either died or is in the process of dying. A tooth with dead pulp in it will eventually decay and die completely; as such, getting a root canal may be the only way to save it.
While you might think that a root canal is not necessary—especially if the tooth looks fine to you—keep in mind that you cannot see the pulp, and you really cannot see its condition. By using an x-ray machine, it is possible to identify pulp that is dying or dead even before the outward appearance of the tooth is affected. In such a case, getting a root canal is necessary, even though the tooth might look just fine.
Knowing this, you can see that getting a root canal is sometimes the only way to save the tooth. A successful root canal will let you use the tooth for years to come, so remember that the procedure is nothing to fear.