If you don’t know what a root canal is, you might find the term a little unnerving. If you are worried about getting a root canal in Klamath root canalFalls, it might be a good idea to talk to a caring, qualified dentist like Dr. Kathryn E. Nicholson, at Nicholson Dental. Dr. Nicholson will be the first to tell you, root canals are nothing to fear. In fact, you should be more concerned about what can happen if you don’t get a root canal.
If you are experiencing a chronic toothache, or it hurts to bite down on something, or you suddenly find that drinking or eating very hot or very cold beverages or foods is causing more than just a little discomfort in or near a tooth, chances are there’s a problem in the pulp of the tooth. The pulp is a soft material, surrounded and protected by the hard enamel and dentin layers, and contains blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues; it is what allows the tooth to grow when you are young. Sometimes when a cavity penetrates through the enamel or the tooth is damaged from some other trauma such as getting hit in the mouth, that pulp becomes infected or inflamed. This is what is causing the pain.
When this happens, your Klamath Falls dentist can numb the area around that tooth, then will access the pulp by drilling through the hard enamel and dentin layers of the tooth. The dentist will then remove the infected pulp, disinfect the tooth, refill the empty chamber with a resin material, and place a cap or crown over the tooth.
The procedure usually takes less than an hour and is absolutely painless – and once it is done, that pain and discomfort you were feeling will be gone and your tooth will be restored.
For more information contact Dr. Nicholson at Nicholson Dental in Klamath Falls, OR at 541-885-5578.