Do you wince when you hear the words "root canal? You're not alone. Although jokes about root canals lead many people to believe that the procedure is painful, this popular rumor does not reflect reality! In fact, root canal treatment from Dr. Kevin Gill, your dentist in Pasadena, TX, is a painless procedure that provides important benefits for your smile!
How can root canal therapy help me?
Root canals are recommended when your tooth pulp has become infected or inflamed. The soft pulp is located beneath the enamel and dentin layers of your tooth and contains tissue, blood vessels, and nerves.
During the therapy, your Pasadena dentist removes the pulp, cleans the interior of the tooth, cleans and shapes the root canals, and replaces the pulp with gutta-percha, a rubber-based filling material. Crowns are then usually added to strengthen and protect treated teeth.
What are the advantages of root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy can:
- End your pain: Teeth that need root canal therapy can ache and throb due to the infected dental pulp. However, by removing this pulp, root canal therapy ends your pain. During treatment, you will also receive local anesthetic to ensure that your mouth remains pain-free throughout the entire procedure.
- Prevent tooth loss: If you don't receive root canal therapy, you will eventually lose your damaged tooth. This is to be avoided at all costs, for tooth loss affects your appearance, makes chewing harder, and can even harshly affect your other teeth. After you lose a tooth, your other teeth drift toward the opening, which can cause bite and alignment problems. Tooth loss can also cause your jawbone to shrink. Root canals prevent these consequences from occurring.
- Protect your health: An abscess, a serious bacterial infection in your tooth pulp, can spread to your heart, brain or other parts of your body if it's not treated promptly. Root canal therapy, used in conjunction with antibiotics, prevents the infection from spreading.
- Eliminate the need for tooth restoration: Replacing a missing tooth can be costly, and the restoration may never feel quite as comfortable as a natural tooth. Thanks to your root canal, you can keep your tooth.
Need dental work? Give us a call!
Protect your smile with root canal therapy! Call your Pasadena, TX, dentist, Dr. Kevin Gill, at (713) 947-0293 to schedule an appointment.