What's So Special About a Root Canal?
The root canal is probably the most talked about dental procedure of all: for whatever reason, people love bragging about having had a root canal! The truth is, root canals are not all that exciting. At Chapel Hill Dental we do them every now and again and we generally get comments like: "was that it?" or "that wasn't so bad!"
Root Canals In A Nutshell
When the pulp of a tooth becomes infected or dies, your dentist may recommend to remove the pulp entirely in order to save the tooth. An infected or dead pulp can be painful (tooth aches are the most common symptoms reported by root canal patients). And in order to reach the pulp, it's necessary to open the tooth and gain access to the canals.
The tricky part about a root canal treatment is that your dentist can't see down the canals. Rather, they have to rely on x-rays and as well as their apex finder to determine the length of the roots. Lucky for you, our dentists at Chapel Hill Dental have the knowledge and experience it takes to perform a proper root canal.
Wait A Sec, Don't I Need My Pulp?
The pulp provides healthy teeth with nerves and nutrients. An infected or dead pulp, on the other hand, does not, and if the damaged pulp were to be left alone you would run the risk of developing complications or having the infection spread to other parts of your mouth or body.
The good news is that it's often possible to keep the affected tooth and maintain its normal appearance despite having removed the pulp. Sure, the tooth might be "dead", but no one needs to know that!