What You Need to Know About Root Canals

Your teeth are unique. They are a unique part of your body in that you only get one chance. They will not grow back. They will not regenerate. They will not “get better”. Unlike a broken bone or a torn ligament, when your teeth fail, they fail. For that reason, it’s your job to do everything you can to keep them strong and healthy.


For many patients, that means the need for root canal therapy.


To understand that, however, you first need to understand what a root canal is. No, a root canal isn’t a procedure performed by your dentist. A root canal is in fact an anatomical space inside your teeth. You see, when you were young and your teeth were growing, they needed a vast amount of nutrients to stay healthy and keep growing. To accomplish this, the root canal – a space inside of your tooth – accompanied by the pulp chamber, delivered nutrients to each tooth’s structure.


When you became an adult, these spaces (the root canals) became unnecessary. However, they don’t go anywhere. They’re still inside your tooth, susceptible to damage. And that’s the unfortunate part. When your tooth is injured or subjected to infection or inflammation, your root canal can become a hot bed of infection and bacteria. This can often lead to pain and sensitivity in your tooth. If you’re experiencing severe and prolonged tooth pain or sensitivity that begins and persists after hot or cold stimuli have come and gone, there’s a good chance that you might need root canal treatment.


More often than not, when our patients in Cypress, CA consider root canal treatment the first thing that comes to their mind is pain. This is unfortunate. Because the reputation root canals have has been constantly beset by the notion that they are painful. In reality, root canals are rarely more painful than a simple cavity filling. In fact, due to the advancements in dental anesthesia and dental drill technology, cleaning out your root canal and eliminating the infection that causes inflammation or infection is actually the remedy for the pain that you’re experiencing. The process is no more uncomfortable than getting a filling and can be completed in a very short amount of time.


Do you have questions about root canal treatment? The dentists at Cypress DDS are the experts in root canal treatment in Cypress, CA. Whether you have questions or you want to schedule an appointment, their friendly team can help.

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