Root canals have a bad reputation. But this tooth-saving treatment has evolved into a relatively comfortable one. Especially at the hands of a practiced professional, like Dr. James Murphy of Proven Dental, in Waukesha, WI.
Anatomy of a Tooth
We've all seen a full tooth before. Whether on a dentist's waiting room wall or as part of a dental mishap.
The crown is what is visible above the gums, the top of the tooth. Beneath it is what we call the root of the tooth. Just how it sounds, the root is what holds your tooth in place, and attached to your jaw.
A tooth also has layers. The outside is the enamel, a hardened layer most pronounced on the crown. Beneath this is the layer called dentin. It encircles the pulp chamber, which is made up of nerves and blood vessels, that run through your roots and into your body.
Anatomy of a Toothache
When the enamel wears off, either because of injury or disease, the dentin beneath it rapidly conducts heat and cold to the nerves beneath.
Serious problems, and serious pain, happen when the pulp beneath the dentin becomes inflamed or infected.
In the past, a problem tooth like this would simply be removed. But that leads to further complications in the future, as well as eliminating a necessary tooth from your mouth.
It can be replaced, but it is often a more costly alternative to a root canal. Which will save your tooth, and won't take as long to heal.
How It's Done
As the name suggests, a root canal removes the infected pulp from the pulp chamber, and down the canals along the root. The space is then filled, and the remaining tooth is shaped to accept a new crown that will look just like your other teeth.
The treatment altogether can usually be completed in just two office visits.
Root Canal Treatment in Waukesha, WI
Keep your smile, don't delay contacting your dentist if you have any injuries or unchecked cavities. Dental checkups are as important as good oral hygiene and habits. To schedule an appointment and to find out more about root canals, call Dr. Murphy of Proven Dental in Waukesha, WI, at (262) 650-3000.