3 Facts About Root Canal Therapy

December 15, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — hulencrossing @ 3:38 pm
patient with toothache who need a root canal

According to the American Association of Endodontists, root canal therapy has a success rate of over 95%. In most cases, a root canal can even last a lifetime. As successful as the treatments are at saving a severely infected tooth, there is a lot of misinformation floating around about this procedure. To help clear up some of the confusion regarding this treatment, read on to learn three facts about root canal therapy.

Fact #1: Tooth Infections Can’t Be Cured with Antibiotics

Antibiotics are a type of drug that is often used to treat and prevent bacterial infections. Though they can either kill or prevent the growth of bacteria, antibiotics have trouble reaching the location of a tooth infection. For that reason, using them to treat this problem is ineffective. For a long-term, effective solution to a severely infected tooth, root canal therapy is the way to go.

Fact #2: Root Canal Therapy Gets Rid of Tooth Pain

Many people think root canal therapy leads to intense pain, but the opposite is true. The pulp is the innermost part of the tooth that consists of blood vessels, connective tissue, and cells. When bacteria get into the tooth because of decay or damage, they can reach the pulp and lead to a painful infection. During root canal therapy, your dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic to keep you from feeling any pain while they remove the infected tooth pulp. This will alleviate pain and put a stop to the infection. Most root canal patients report that it doesn’t feel any worse than getting a large cavity filled.

Fact #3: Even if Pain Subsides, You May Still Need a Root Canal

As one of the most common signs that you need a root canal, toothaches are often a cause for concern. But, since infection may cause the pulp in your tooth to die, this can put an end to the pain and lead patients to think they no longer need treatment. Unfortunately, leaving the severely damaged tooth untreated will allow the destruction to continue.

If the infection travels past the pulp and to the tooth’s roots, a pocket of pus called a dental abscess may form. If the abscess isn’t drained, the infection can spread to the jaw and other parts of the head and neck. This may lead to a life-threatening infection called sepsis that spreads throughout the body. Receiving prompt treatment is key to saving the tooth and preserving your oral and overall health.

Rather than putting it off, visit your dentist to have an infected tooth treated as soon as possible. This will alleviate discomfort, protect the tooth from further harm, and allow you to maintain a beautiful, bright smile!

About the Author

Contrary to popular belief, root canal therapy is nothing to fear. With Dr. William Buck, Dr. Mark Desimone, and their talented Fort Worth team at Hulen Crossing Family Dental, your tooth will be repaired in no time. they are experts at all things oral health and strive to make sure you feel comfortable, safe, and well-cared for throughout your treatment. Before you know it, your pain will be gone and your smile will be as good as new! For more facts about root canal therapy or to schedule an appointment, visit their website or call their office at (682) 207-6555.

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