Could I Benefit from a Root Canal?
Find out what situations warrant needing root canal treatment in Fall River.
If you have come in complaining of a toothache, then our Fall River, MA, dentist, Dr. Suhair Shamoon, may have told you that you need to get a root canal. What happened? Why do you need a root canal? What is the purpose of this procedure and what happens if you decide not to get one? We are here to answer all of your questions about the common dental procedure.
What is root canal treatment?
Unlike cosmetic dentistry, root canal treatment isn’t an elective dental procedure designed to improve the look of your smile. A root canal is a restorative treatment that is meant to preserve as much of your tooth as possible after decay, infection, or trauma.
When decay, trauma, or an infection has invaded a tooth and affected the dental pulp the pulp will actually begin to deteriorate, causing bacteria to quickly grow within the tooth. These bacteria can cause a dental infection if the problem isn’t caught soon enough. To prevent the bacteria from completely destroying the tooth we will go inside the tooth to remove the pulp and to disinfect the pulp chamber.
Once this is complete, we will need to rebuild and fill the inside of the tooth to restore function and strength back into the tooth. Once the inside of the tooth is filled we will most likely need to place a dental crown over the tooth to provide further protection.
What if I don’t get a root canal?
If you ignore the dental issue altogether and don’t get a root canal, the infection will continue to spread not just throughout the toot but also the roots and surrounding area. Over time, this will leave the tooth so damaged that the only option will be to extract it and replace it. The infection can cause some pretty serious complications to the jawbone, surrounding teeth, gums, and even the brain.
Do you have questions about getting root canal treatment? Are you dealing with dental pain or other symptoms? If so, it’s the right time to call Dentistry with a Smile in Fall River, MA, for the immediate treatment and care you need. Call us today.