Has your dentist or endodontist recommended a root canal treatment for your aching tooth? Are you wondering why your dentist can’t just fill the tooth with a dental filling? What is this canal and why do I need to undergo this elaborate procedure? In this blog, we answer these questions and many more about the root canal treatment.
Why a root canal treatment and not a simple filling?
Before we jump into answering this question, you need to know the basic anatomy of the tooth. Our teeth have an outer white layer called the enamel and underneath lies a second layer known as dentin. These two layers enclose a hollow space called pulp chamber which is filled with soft tissue, blood vessels and nerves, collectively called the pulp. The pulp nourishes the tooth and provides the required nutrients for it to remain healthy throughout your life. The pulp chamber along with the pulp extends into the roots of the tooth which gives it the name – root canals.
When bacteria or germs attack your tooth, they gradually destroy the outer two layers and infiltrate into the pulp chamber and root canals. Here, they continue to damage the blood vessels and nerves which give rise to constant and immense tooth pain. If the germs are not eliminated from the root canals, they will penetrate deeper, destroying the jaw bone and the adjacent teeth.
A simple dental filling is recommended when the germs have not invaded the pulp and are confined to the outer two layers. Once the bacteria spread to the pulp, your dentist will have to dig deeper and remove the germ-loaded pulp entirely from the tooth. The emptied root canals will be filled with a bio-friendly filling material and if required a crown will be placed on your tooth.
The benefits of root canal treatment
- Most importantly, this procedure saves your tooth. Unchecked tooth decay can lead to infection of deeper structures of the mouth which could cause systemic complications.
- Complete elimination of pain – returns your tooth to its normal function and helps you to chew efficiently.
- Aesthetics unaltered – the natural appearance and structure of the tooth is retained
- Normal sensation and biting force is maintained.
To get root canal treatment, contact Green Meadow Dental, 3579 B Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06111, phone: (860)-865-0056. Families from Glastonbury find the easy drive to Newington well worthwhile because or our expertise and modern facilities, our friendly dental team and the relaxing disposition of Dr. Mukund.We also serve patients from neighboring areas including Southington, Glastonbury and Meriden.