By Booker Family Dentistry
November 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

"You need a root canal" is probably one of the last things anyone ever wants to hear from the dentist. However, in most cases, the anxiety around root canal therapy is based on a misconception that the procedure has developed throughout popular culture. If someone is making a pain analogy or joke, the poorly understood root canal is likely to get a mention. But the reality is actually very different for most patients! In fact, the procedure is actually a common tool for relieving pain caused by a damaged or infected tooth. Dr. Nicholas Booker, your dentist in Trenton, MI, offers root canal therapy as well as general, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry services.

More About Root Canal Therapy

How can a procedure with a false reputation for being painful actually relieve tooth pain? Well for starters, root canal therapy is actually fairly similar to having a cavity filled in terms of discomfort. When bacteria reaches the pulp (soft tissue) inside a tooth, usually through a fracture or a large cavity, it causes inflammation of the nerve tissue, which also typically causes pain and infection when left untreated. Root canal therapy cleans the tooth from the inside out, after which the dentist seals and reinforces the tooth to prevent more bacteria from getting in.

How the Procedure Works

First things first. The best way to avoid tooth decay, gum disease, and the dental work involved in correcting them is to visit the dentist every six months for a checkup and professional dental cleaning as recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA). But accidents happen and sometimes even your best efforts are not enough to avoid dental problems. If you are experiencing pain or have suffered trauma from a sports injury, accident, or fall, make an appointment to see the dentist as soon as possible. If the dentist determines that a root canal is necessary after an x-ray and dental exam, the area is numbed and a small hole is created in the tooth to remove the damaged material and clear the tooth of all bacteria. If the tooth is chipped, cracked, or discolored a veneer can then be placed to restore its cosmetic appearance.

Interested? Give Our Trenton Practice a Call!

If you are nervous or worried about getting a root canal, contact Booker Family Dentistry's Trenton office today for more information about the procedure. Our number is (734) 675-5700.