How Root Canals Save Teeth

An infected tooth is nothing to take lightly. It won’t get better on its own, and leaving it untreated can lead to more serious problems. Depending on the extent of the infection and the depth of the decay, you may need a root canal — but don’t let the term scare you. It’s a common procedure performed more than 15 million times a year by dentists and endodontists.

If you have an untreated tooth infection that’s been causing you pain, Dr. Rex Hoang at DC Dental Spa can let you know the best course of treatment. If he determines a root canal is in order, consider yourself fortunate. That means he can eliminate your pain and save your tooth, instead of extracting it.

Why do I need a root canal?

If you have a tooth that is deeply infected or badly decayed, a simple filling won’t work. You need to get rid of the infection and decay so it doesn’t spread and make matters worse. If you ignore it and hope it will just go away, you’re putting yourself at risk for serious problems, such as:

Root canal vs. tooth extraction

You might be thinking that a root canal sounds painful, and you’d rather just have your infected tooth pulled. But a quick comparison of the two options makes it clear that you should rethink that.

Tooth extraction

And if you choose to have that extracted tooth replaced:

Root canal

How root canal saves your tooth

Whether your tooth infection began because of trauma, repeated dental work, or a compromised filling or crown, you’ve come to a point where you need a root canal. Dr. Hoang considers this an opportunity to relieve your pain and save your natural tooth. 

First, he explains the entire procedure to you and answers any questions you might have. He then administers a local anesthetic to make sure you stay comfortable and feel no pain.

To access the decayed part of your tooth, Dr. Hoang makes a small hole at the top and then cleans out the inside of your tooth, which is called the pulp. Once he’s removed the decayed material, he rinses it out and, if necessary, fills it with a rubbery material, then tops it off with a filling or temporary crown. If a crown is needed, you’ll come back one more time for the permanent one.

That’s it. No extraction necessary. No gap in your smile. No bridge or dental implant needed. You walk out with your natural tooth intact. Once the anesthetic wears off in a few hours, you may feel a little soreness, but no pain.

If you have a severe tooth infection, Dr. Huang can save it with a root canal. Call us today, or book an appointment online.

You Might Also Enjoy...

What to Expect When Undergoing a Sinus Lift

A sinus lift may sound like a fancy procedure to fix your nose, but this specialized surgery involves preparing your jaw to receive a dental implant. Read on to find out why you might need a sinus lift and what the procedure involves.

How Our Propel System Speeds Orthodontic Treatment

Do you dream about having straighter teeth but don’t want to spend the time getting them? If you combine Propel® accelerated orthodontic treatments with invisible teeth straightening systems, such as Invisalign®, you can get results in half the time.

How We Help Patients With Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea affects tens of millions of people in the United States. The condition affects not only their sleep, but it may lead to more serious problems. Here’s how we can help.