Root Canal Therapy

Should I Worry About Getting Root Canal Therapy?

There are literally millions of teeth that undergo root canal therapy every year. Many dentists use root canal treatments, or endodontic treatment, to save teeth. Just the term can be scary if you do not know what it is.

Parts of a Tooth

If you could look under the enamel, or the outer layer of the tooth, under it is another hard layer named the dentin. Inside the dentin is the pulp, or soft tissue. Inside the pulp are blood vessels, connective tissues and nerves. The pulp is essential for helping the root of a tooth develop and grow properly. In a tooth that is fully developed, it can survive if there is no pulp at all since the tooth will get its nourishment from the tissues around it rather than the pulp.

Why do I need root canal therapy?

Years ago there was a lot of fear associated with having a root canal, but today it’s not much different than getting a simple filling. A root canal can usually be done in a single appointment, but occasionally takes two. A root canal is done to the inside of a tooth. The pulp of the tooth is removed, the tooth cleaned and then sealed with a special material.

Advantages of Having a Root Canal

There are some distinct advantages to having a root canal including:

  • Saving your natural tooth
  • Helping you chew efficiently
  • Restore normal sensation and biting force
  • Protecting other teeth from experiencing excessive wear or too much strain