What is root canal treatment and why might it be recommended? West Chester, PA dentist explains
“Root canal.” These two words can elicit perhaps more groans than most other phrases due to the myth that root canal therapy is painful. However, the reality is that root canal treatment is a pain-relieving procedure that can not only provide much-needed relief but also save your natural tooth and prevent the need for costly tooth replacements. Dr. Ron Briglia, dentist in West Chester, PA, explains what root canal treatment is and why it might be recommended.
What is root canal therapy?
The tooth contains multiple layers: a protective outer layer of enamel covers a hard inner layer called dentin, and beneath the dentin is a chamber of soft tissue called the pulp. Within this inner pulp chamber, there are pain-sensing nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. Sometimes, this inner portion of the tooth sustains significant damage or becomes infected, and it must be removed to save the tooth. This is where root canal therapy comes in. During root canal treatment, we remove the painful, infected inner contents of the pulp chamber, disinfect the area, and then fill it with a rubber-like material (Gutta-percha). Then, we seal off the top of the tooth with a dental crown to protect it from further damage. The whole process typically takes two to three dental visits, and we will explain each step to you so you are well-informed about the process and feel confident about your treatment.
Why might a root canal be recommended?
Dr. Briglia might recommend root canal therapy in the following circumstances:
- Decay that has penetrated deep within the tooth
- Multiple dental procedures have been done on the tooth over time, weakening it
- A tooth has chipped, cracked, or broken, leading to inflammation or infection within the tooth
- Old dental injuries that resurface many years later
- An Abscess (infection) within the tooth
If you are suffering from tooth pain, Dr. Briglia will perform an extensive examination to determine the underlying cause and discuss the best ways to relieve your pain based on your specific needs. To schedule your appointment, call Briglia Dental Group in West Chester, PA today at (610) 615 0160.Back to Blog Page