What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is needed when damage occurs to the pulp of a tooth. The pulp, commonly revered to as “the nerve,” is comprised of nerves and blood vessels. When decay or an injury affects the pulp, the tooth can become sensitive, painful, and then cause an infection. If the tooth reaches this point, a root canal is the only alternative to having the tooth extracted. The infected pulp is removed, the pain is eliminated, and the tooth can be saved. Root canals are dreaded by some patients because of the pain that comes BEFORE the root canal but the procedure effectively makes the pain go away.
At Pocono Dental, our ultimate goal is to make you comfortable and provide you with a gentle experience. If you’re having tooth discomfort we will make sure to see you as soon as possible to evaluate your tooth and determine what the best course of action is to make you feel better as quickly and comfortably as possible.
What happens after a root canal?
After a root canal, you should consider having a porcelain crown designed to cover the tooth. This crown will protect your tooth from breaking. When a root canal is required, it usually means that there was a big cavity or crack in the tooth. Without a crown, the tooth can continue to crack or break down due to the large amount of tooth structure missing from the previous cavity. It is important to protect the tooth so that it can continue to provide years of pain free service. There is nothing better than our own teeth!