Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Treatment in Mesa

If you think that you may need a root canal, call our offices today. Boyse Dentistry has the care and experience to offer you the best outcome for all of your dental needs. Our friendly staff would be happy to answer any additional questions that you may have, so call today!

Root Canal Therapy

What is Root Canal Therapy?

We often hear that when somebody has to do a really undesirable task, that they compare it to having a root canal. So, if you suddenly hear your dentist tell you that you need to have that procedure, you may start scrambling to find excuses to miss your appointment. Unfortunately, a root canal has gotten a pretty rough reputation, but that shouldn’t be the case.

A root canal is a procedure that is performed on a damaged or decaying tooth that helps to remove the infection, while still saving the actual tooth. The idea that a root canal is so painful probably comes because a damaged or decaying tooth can cause immense pain. A root canal simply removes the cause of the pain and leaves you with a disease-free tooth.

Understanding a Root Canal

Your tooth is comprised of a hard outer shell that is made up of enamel. Immediately underneath the enamel is another structure called dentin. This is the bone of your tooth. Finally, the internal portion of the tooth is made of a soft tissue that is called pulp. The pulp contains the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. This material helps the tooth grow and mature, but once the tooth has become fully developed, it can survive, even without the internal pulp.

If the pulp of the tooth becomes infected, it can cause excruciating pain because of the damage to the nerves within the tooth. A dentist can conduct a root canal that will remove all of the internal infection and diseased tissue, and will also remove the pulp from the interior of the tooth. Once the infection has been removed, the dentist will fill up the tooth and seal it with a special compound that helps to maintain the strength and structure of the tooth while eliminating the chances of future infections.

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Why Get a Root Canal?

Benefits of Root Canals

When a patient has the need for a root canal, they can often tell you that it is some of the worst pain that they have ever felt in their lives. In addition to eliminating the pain, there are several other benefits that completing a root canal can have.

• Improved chewing – When every bite that you take causes pain in a particular tooth or portion of the mouth, it is no surprise that patients often change their eating or chewing patterns. Patients will often only chew foods on one side of their mouth or try to avoid chewing altogether. One-sided chewing can cause additional stresses on your jaw, the muscles, and those teeth. Many patients may also develop temporomandibular joint syndrome or TMJ, that creates popping or the inability to close the mouth.

• Normal sensation – patients that require a root canal may also complain about the inability to eat certain types of foods or have sensitivities to hot or cold foods. This can limit their normal diet. Once a root canal has been completed, patients can often return to their normal diet and enjoy the foods they love.

• Facial appearance – Some patients who need a root canal may notice that one side of their face appears more swollen. This is because the body is attempting to fight the infection, and inflammation is one way to increase blood flow to that area. Of course, patients typically don’t appreciate the pain and cheeks that appear crooked.

• Protects neighboring teeth – While a root canal is aimed at removing the internal infection, if timely intervention is not taken, the infection can spread into the jaw and neighboring teeth. This is not only painful but can have significant impacts on the appearance and function of your bite.

What to Expect After a Root Canal

Patients are numb between 2-4 hours after their root canal surgery and will need to avoid eating until after the numbness has subsided. However, many patients can return to school or work following their procedure, although patients that are employed in physical jobs will want to consult with their dentist. Many patients notice that their pain has significantly decreased after a root canal has been completed, but it is normal to experience some discomfort or mild pain for a few days after the procedure.

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If you think that you may need a root canal, call our offices today. Boyse Dentistry has the care and experience to offer you the best outcome for all of your dental needs. Our friendly staff would be happy to answer any additional questions that you may have, so call today!