What is A Root Canal?

December 27, 2023

You may have heard of a root canal. And it may have been (not so subtly) implied that it’s a terrible thing, the worst thing a person can endure. It’s not actually that bad.

Let’s start with what is a root canal? It starts with a damaged tooth. A tooth can develop pulp damage from a severe cavity, damaged surface and physical injuries. The pulp is in the center of the tooth and must be extracted when it has suffered significant damage which has likely caused an infection. The open space is then cleaned and filled. This treatment is more formally known as the root canal therapy procedure, and it helps preserve the tooth instead of having to remove it entirely.  

Common Misconceptions

Many people have dental anxiety, even more are afraid of root canals; there is a common belief that the extraction is a painful process. This isn’t true! The purpose of this treatment is to relieve you of any discomfort from the damaged and infected tooth by removing the infected area and then closing it up again. The root canal procedure itself does not cause additional pain to the client.

Another common myth is the belief that undergoing a root canal treatment only includes removing the pulp damage. After your initial appointment of removing the damaged area, your dentist will assess whether a permeant filing or placing a crown is the appropriate next step. This step is crucial because it serves to protect your tooth from future breakage.

Common symptoms

Check out the list below to learn about the common symptoms of a root canal infection:

·      A damaged tooth

·      Sensitive gums

·      Sudden color change of gums

·      Discomfort when chewing

·      Sudden temperature sensitivity to foods or beverages

·      An abscess on the gumline

Additional Effects

If an infected root canal is left untreated, it can cause problems for the rest of your body. Specifically, the infection has the potential to spread, making you very sick. This type of pain will not resolve itself naturally, and professional attention is needed to solve the problem.

If you suspect you may need a root canal, book an appointment at Kildonan Crossing Dental Center to look into the best solution for your teeth. Our clinic is always accepting new patients!