Dispelling the Myth about Root Canals and How it Can Save a Tooth in Peril in San Francisco, CA
It is important to understand that tooth decay is not just a superficial concern that affects the surface of the natural tooth by creating cavities. When left untreated, tooth decay can wreak absolute havoc by working its way into the inside of the tooth as well. Within the tooth is pulp and minuscule pathways called root canals, which lead to supporting bone structure. If the inside of your tooth becomes affected, it is possible to save the tooth. Dr. Terri Nguyen and her team at West Portal Family Dentistry, provide root canal treatments to patients in the San Francisco, CA, area who have reached this advanced stage of tooth decay and need intervention to save their natural tooth.
Saving Your Natural Tooth with a Root Canal
When a tooth reaches a certain level of decay and the inner pulp and nerves are infected, a simple “drill and fill” will not suffice. A root canal will be necessary and, in most cases, will save the tooth. A root canal is a procedure by which the inner pulp and nerves that have become infected, are removed from the tooth. Once a root canal has been performed, a crown will (in many cases) be applied to that tooth to strengthen and preserve it. When there is a need for a root canal and one is not performed, the risk for losing the tooth or needing to have it extracted is high.
Root Canals and Pain – The Great Myth
You have likely negatively heard about root canals. You have heard about the pain involved and how horrible the entire process can be. This is not true. With modern dental techniques and the use of anesthesia (often locally administered), a root canal is quite painless. Since many patients who need a root canal come into the dentist with tooth pain, a root canal will have you feeling better than you did when you came in for the procedure. And most important of all, it will save your tooth.
If you are experiencing tooth pain of any kind that needs to be examined, please call Dr. Terri Nguyen and her team at West Portal Family Dentistry, in San Francisco, CA, please call (415) 604-9292 today.