Getting To The Root Causes Of A Root Canal


Root canals, also known as endodontic therapy, are performed when the nerve or pulp of the tooth becomes infected and inflamed. The common causes affecting the pulp are a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, repeated dental treatment to the tooth or, trauma. Some patients experience prolonged sensitivity to hot food or liquids, and your gums may also feel tender and swollen near the problem area. If you are experiencing these symptoms, make an appointment with your dentist right away, infection that close to the brain is not a good thing.

The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp), cleaning and disinfecting it and then filling and sealing it. The term “root canal” comes from cleaning of the canals inside the tooth’s root.

Many patients dread the idea of a root canal, but is the treatment really necessary? In many cases, the answer is ‘yes’.

Saves the natural tooth: It is a common thing for people to consider getting their tooth out in case of decay. However, a root canal treatment prevents that from happening. It only removes the inflamed pulp from the inside of the tooth, cleans the root canal, and seals it back with a crown or a filling. By then, the treated tooth can resume its function just like the other teeth.


No need for extra expenses: Since a tooth extraction is irreversible, you cannot get back a lost tooth unless you plan to get prosthesis. Removable, or even fixed, prosthesis can be significantly costly, and can even be more expensive than having a root canal treatment. Getting this treatment instead of prosthesis can save you from making more expenses.


Restoring teeth function: Because of the discomfort caused by tooth decay, the patient may have difficulty chewing, biting, or do anything with his or her mouth. A treatment to the root canal can restore efficient chewing and biting sensation, as well as bring back the teeth’s natural appearance. It also protects the other normal functioning teeth from wear and tear due to excessive use.


Having a decayed tooth can be bothersome and can be a source of hindrance in one’s daily activities. The great news is that root canals are covered by most dental insurances and are an affordable solution to keeping your natural teeth. Remember to visit your dentist twice a year for regular exam and routine cleanings to further prevent a root canal. Keep in mind that even with the best care root canals are sometimes unavoidable, so contact Royal Dental at (713) 330-7700 and book an appointment with us today.

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