Part of the fear surrounding root canal therapy may be because of its name. Without knowing much about the procedure, the expression “root canal” can conjure up some pretty scary imagery.
Root canal therapy, often just referred to as “getting a root canal,” is actually named after the part of your tooth on which the procedure is performed. The root canal is a naturally occurring space inside your tooth that houses the pulp chamber as well as your tooth’s nerve.
Sometimes this root canal becomes infected. When this happens, bacteria and debris build-up inside your tooth, setting off your nerve (and probably creating swelling in the gum surrounding your tooth as your body tries to clear itself of the infection).
Root Canal Therapy in Bridgeton, MO
Because of the location of the infection, oral antibiotics won’t do the trick. To treat the infection and relieve your pain, Dr. Burgdorf carefully opens the tooth to access the root canal and then cleans out and sterilizes the interior of your tooth, destroying the infection. Once the infection is cleared out, the tooth is sealed with filling material and sometimes protected with a crown.
If you are in pain, call our Bridgeton dentist office to schedule an assessment with Dr. Burgdorf today.