Do I Really Need Root Canal Treatment?

It can be overwhelming to hear a diagnosis with a treatment recommendation that you may find scary. Despite being pop culture’s example of a harsh dental treatment, a root canal treatment is not as scary as maybe it once was. Thanks to advancements in dental technology and techniques, endodontic (root canal) treatment are equivalent to a dental filling in many patients’ experience. If your dentist in Olathe, KS, has recommended a root canal treatment for your smile, you may want to explore the reasons behind it. We want to discuss what exactly a root canal treatment is and how it can help your smile.

What Exactly Is It?

A root canal treatment is done when bacteria has reached the inner chambers or inner pulp of a tooth. The insides of the tooth are most commonly reached by advanced, persistent tooth decay that has progressed from outside the tooth to the internal structures. The insides of the tooth may also be exposed during an accident or injury. In either case, a root canal treatment is done to disinfect the tooth and restore it. A root canal treatment involves thoroughly cleaning the area and removing any damaged pieces of tooth. In most cases, the vulnerable yet clean tooth is capped with a dental crown to provide long-lasting protection.

How Does It Help?

A root canal treatment removes bacteria from inside the tooth. If the bacteria were allowed to run wild, it could result in further infection and inflammation. If the infection gets so serious as to cause an abscess or enough to spread to other parts of the body, a dental extraction may become necessary for your health’s sake. A root canal treatment can stop an extraction from becoming necessary. Restoring the tooth can also give you back your abilities to bite and chew. Depending on the location of the tooth, restoring it may also restore your smile’s appearance.

A root canal treatment can help restore your smile

A root canal treatment can save a tooth from possible extraction. To schedule a consultation, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.