Root canals are one of the most misunderstood and feared dental treatments. While it is not as unpleasant as you may believe, it is still a process that should be done sooner rather than later if needed to further avoid your dental health from deteriorating.

What Is A Root Canal?

A soft tissue section called the pulp tissue lies beneath the outer enamel of your tooth and within the dentin. While nerve fibers do exist in the pulp tissue of a tooth, it also contains arteries, veins, lymph vessels, and connective tissue. The nerve of each tooth enters the tooth at the tip of its roots and travels through the core of the root in small “root canals” that connect to the pulp chamber of the tooth. Root canals are very small, thin divisions that branch off from the upper pulp chamber and run all the way down to the root’s tip. Every tooth has at least one root canal, but seldom more than four.

 Why Do I Feel Pain?

The pulp can become infected and die if it is contaminated due to a deep hollow or fracture that allows germs to seep in, or an injury due to trauma. Increased blood flow and cellular activity are caused by damaged or dead pulp, and pressure cannot be released from within the tooth. Biting down, chewing on it, and applying hot or cold foods and liquids can all cause tooth pain.

Why Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?

Because the tooth cannot heal on its own, root canal therapy is required. If the infection is not treated, the infection will spread, the bone around the tooth will disintegrate, and the tooth will eventually fall out. The discomfort frequently becomes worse until you have no choice but to seek emergency dental care. The only option is usually a tooth extraction, which might cause the adjacent teeth to shift crookedly, resulting in a poor bite. While extraction is less expensive, the space left behind will necessitate an implant or a bridge, which can be more costly than root canal therapy. It’s always preferable to preserve your natural teeth while you still have the option.

What Is A Root Canal Procedure? 

A root canal is a procedure that involves cleaning out the infected pulp and redesigning the canal to save the tooth’s damaged or dead pulp. To prevent the tooth from becoming recontaminated, the canal is filled with gutta-percha or another material. The tooth is then permanently sealed, maybe with a porcelain or metal alloy post and/or crown. This allows patients to preserve their natural teeth.

 What Are The Risks And Complications? 

Root canal procedures are successful in over 95% of cases. However, a surgery may need to be redone due to diseased canal offshoots that went unnoticed or the fracture of a filing instrument, both of which rarely occur.  A root canal therapy may also occasionally fail completely, resulting in a recurrence of pain.

 Is There Pain Associated With Getting A Root Canal?

Most people believe that a root canal is no more painful than a simple filling and that they should be able to resume their daily activities right away. Because a person in need of a root canal is usually in excruciating pain, the root canal procedure actually relieves the discomfort, and recuperation time is low. Over-the-counter pain medicines are usually effective in providing relief.


A root canal is required when a tooth is severely decayed or infected. Brushing and flossing on a regular basis, as well as seeing your dentist for examinations and cleanings, are essential for preventing recurrence of these issues.

Call Westgage dental or schedule an appointment online to learn more about root canal therapy.