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By Advanced Dental Arts
April 29, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Root canals have a bad reputation for being painful and time-consuming. However, this reputation is simply a myth. In actuality, root root canalcanals are a painless, necessary dental procedure that can help save your tooth from extraction. Your Oakville, MO dentist is here to help you bust these common root canal myths and more.

How can a root canal save my tooth? 
When a tooth becomes damaged or decayed, the options are to remove the decay and preserve the tooth using a root canal or to remove the tooth entirely. While tooth extraction is effective in removing the decay, it also removes the tooth itself. This comes along with the side effects of a missing tooth: the surrounding teeth moving to compensate for the gap, bone atrophy and a misaligned bite which could make chewing difficult. A root canal keeps your tooth’s natural structure intact, avoiding these problems.

Do I need a root canal? 
The number one sign that you may need a root canal is a toothache. A painful tooth often means that the tooth’s nerve has become damaged. This can be from decay eating through the tooth into the inner pulp chamber or from trauma which exposes or damages the nerve. Your Oakville dentist can help you determine if a root canal is the best treatment for you.

What can I expect at my root canal procedure? 
The first step to a root canal procedure is administering local anesthetic to numb the entire work area. This means you should not feel any pain at all. If you do, alert your dentist so he or she can remedy the problem. Your dentist makes a small access hole in the top of the tooth. The decayed or damaged pulp and nerve are removed from the tooth using special tools. After cleaning and sterilizing the inside of the tooth, a filling material fills the tooth to preserve its natural structure and prevent further decay. Most root canals require a dental crown to protect the tooth. Since a dental laboratory needs time to fabricate the crown, your dentist usually affixes the crown to your tooth at a second appointment.

How can I avoid needing a root canal in the future? 
Most root canals are required due to heavy decay damaging the tooth’s inner pulp and nerve. A strong at-home oral care routine is the easiest way to prevent tooth decay. Brush twice a day, splitting your mouth into quadrants and brushing each one for 30 seconds. Make sure to switch your toothbrush for a new one when it starts showing signs of wear. Floss at least once a day using fresh floss for each quadrant of your mouth. See your dentist at least twice a year for regular examinations and cleanings.

For more information on root canals, please contact Dr. Aaron Schertzer at Advanced Dental Arts in Oakville, MO. Call (314) 892 -2120 to schedule your appointment for a root canal today!