Can you avoid route canals?

We’re sure you hear this often enough in passing, but man is it hard to believe how fast this year is flying.  Some may even say that is a good thing!

So, let’s get right into this. We’ve all heard of the term root canal. In fact, anytime you hear that someone is getting a root canal, the first things that pop to mind are extreme pain or an expensive procedure.  But what exactly is a root canal? We hear it often enough to recognize what’s going on, yet the specifics get a little hazy simply because people don’t actually talk about what it means to have a root canal.  Do you worry that you’ve got a tooth that’s in extreme pain and wonder if a root canal is needed? If this is what you are feeling right now then you probably need to just go see your dentist.  I am always a fan of being safer than sorry.  It is a big deal to be healthy and safe but it can be a huge issue if you are not being it.  Now lets get to the meat of the story.  The main thing to know is that there are two main types of root canal procedures depending on the severity of the infection. 

Basically, root canal therapy is the best way to clear infections in a root canal. So, the root canal itself is a place where your teeth’s roots are at, and infection in the roots often occurs because of a deep cavity, which causes damage to the tissue in the roots.

So during the actual root canal procedure, we would end up cleaning out the infected root canal and then seal it up to make sure you don’t have any future infections within your root canal. 

One of the worst infections that you can have will require an Apicoectomy.

This is the procedure that is used to save the tooth, and since it’s more dire, it usually means the infection has gone beyond the tip of the root. In this procedure, a portion of the root tip, as well as the infection itself, is removed. Once this tissue is removed and cleaned, the canal is filled with a material that is rubber-like and seals your tooth from further bacteria and infection.  This is not going to be a fun situation and that is why we all try to have the best dental hygiene to avoid these nasty times. 

Half of a root canal is also an issue and those are generally called a Pulpectomy.

Partial root canals are often in order depending on how far the infection itself actually spreads into your root canal. This procedure is called a pulpectomy, and it relieves your pain and allows for antibiotics to lessen the infection over time. Basically, you’d make two trips to your dentist or endodontist. At the first appointment, you would be given you antibiotics to reduce the infection. At the follow-up appointment, the infected “pulp” would be removed, and then your teeth would be cleaned and the infected canal would be filled afterward. 

So I hope you learned a little about the whole area of route canals, but I highly suggest you heading to see your dentist if you think you may have issues. It is better safe than sorry and usually saves money and pain as well.