Not many people enjoy hearing about root canal therapy. In fact, the mere mention of the procedure can send chills down the spines of some patients, usually due to strong misperceptions about the procedure. Unfortunately, these misperceptions can cause you to neglect seeking treatment, and in cases where such a procedure is necessary, time is of the essence if you wish to preserve your oral health. To help you prevent unnecessary trepidation, Miami dentist, Dr. Arun Garg, takes the mystery out of root canal therapy by describing its necessity.
Advanced Tooth Decay
Root canal therapy is typically required when the soft center of your tooth, called the pulp, becomes compromised. The pulp houses your tooth’s nerves and blood vessels and can become exposed due to an injury (i.e., crack or fracture) or advanced tooth decay. When bacteria reach this inner chamber, infection is usually imminent and the health of your tooth becomes seriously threatened.
Why a Root Canal Procedure?
Regardless of the origin, once it sets in, the infection and afflicted tissue must be removed to prevent the disease from spreading to the surrounding gums and jawbone. Dr. Garg can achieve this removal with root canal therapy, which involves creating a small hole in the tooth to remove the infected material from its center. The root is then sealed off to prevent infection from spreading, and the removed material is replaced with a filling. For additional protection, Dr. Garg may recommend placing a dental crown over the tooth to increase its strength.
Maintain Your Oral Health with Miami Dentist
Contrary to popular belief, a root canal procedure is designed to relieve your discomfort, not cause or exacerbate it. Neglecting to treat severe tooth decay can lead to a host of other dental problems that may require more invasive procedures to restore. To learn more about root canal therapy, or to take action and save your smile, contact your Miami cosmetic dentist at the Center for Complete Dentistry by calling 305-935-4991, or visit our website to schedule your appointment online. Located in the 33180 area, we proudly serve patients from Miami, Highland Lakes, North Miami Beach, and the surrounding communities.