Root canals used to get a bad reputation, but fortunately, these days they are no more uncomfortable than a simple cavity filling. At Bensalem Family Dentistry in Bensalem, PA, we want our patients to be aware of the root canal procedure so that maybe it will seem less frightening.
Root canal therapy is started by your dentist drilling an access hole in the tooth. Through this hole, the dental pulp is reached where a file is used to clean out the infected tissue and scrub the root canal clean. The open space is then filled with a sealant called gutta-percha. When the process is complete, a filling is placed onto the access hole. This process restores the tooth to a healthy state so it can continue to function and serve a long life.
When a tooth is infected, it can cause great pain. The infection can also spread and become dangerous, especially to those with a weakened immune system. Infection can lead to an abscessed tooth and eventually loss of the tooth.
If you are experiencing continuous pain to a tooth, be sure to come in for an examination. To learn more about root canals, call Bensalem Family Dentistry at (215) 638-9952 or visit our website, www.bensalemfamilydentistry.com.