Root canal therapy is no more complicated than most other dental procedures such as fillings or crowns. Unfortunately, though, the process has developed a reputation for being difficult and uncomfortable.
If the Novato, CA family dentist recommends a root canal, don’t let misinformation about the procedure keep you from seeking a root canal. We offer gentle treatment from a caring team, and if you need a little help with relaxing, we also provide calming sedation options as well.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy is used to remove the infection or extensive decay from the interior of the tooth. The space inside the tooth where the pulp and main nerves are located is called the root canal.
If you already have an infection in the root of your tooth, delaying a root canal can allow the infection to spread to your jawbone or nearby teeth. If the tooth continues to decay, there will not be enough hard tissue left for a successful root canal, and we will probably need to remove the tooth.
How Does the Procedure Work?
The root canal procedure includes removal of the infected, decayed or damaged pulp, as well as the nerve of the tooth. The dentist then sterilizes the space and uses medication to speed healing. We then place a crown over the tooth for protection and stability.
How Do Root Canals Help My Oral Health?
Root canal therapy allows the structure of the tooth to remain intact, even though we removed the nerve. Although the tooth no longer contains nerve tissue, it is still usable for chewing. Also, because the tooth is left intact, it maintains its proper position, helping to preserve proper spacing between remaining teeth and keeping your bite alignment correct.
Please Call Our Office to Learn More
If you suspect you need a root canal or have a question that’s not answered here, please contact the Novato, CA family dentist for additional information or if you have any questions about root canals and how they can help save a damaged tooth.