There’s nothing like the mere thought of a root canal to strike fear in the hearts of most dental patients. Although the reality is that the pain that brings you into the dentist's office for a root canal is far worse than the procedure itself, people still have a fear of this common dental procedure.
Dental science continues to make breakthroughs, however, and now there are studies that show how stem cells might actually have the potential to restore damaged tooth roots.
Let’s take a look at what it might mean to get a root canal today versus in the future at the office of your Vienna, VA, dentist, Dr. Ardalan Sanati.
What Is a Root Canal?
When you have a painful toothache, often the cause is an infection deep in the root of the tooth. The only way to get rid of the pain is to eliminate the infection and the damaged nerves.
During a root canal, your dentist cleans out the root of the tooth in question, then fills it up and seals it to prevent further damage. Because eliminating the blood supply weakens the tooth, a crown is generally placed on top of the remaining tooth structure for protection and support.
The area is numbed before the procedure so patients feel no pain during the root canal treatment.
What about the Future of Root Canals?
According to researchers at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, the delivery of stem cells may be able to restore the function of natural teeth by regenerating a pulp-like tissue to take the place of the tooth pulp removed during root canal therapy.
Rather than have the tooth become brittle, as, after a root canal, this substance keeps the tooth “alive.” The tooth continues to function as normal.
More research is needed, but there is excitement over the possibility of enabling patients to regenerate their own teeth—essentially eliminating the need for root canal therapy.
Root Canal Treatments In Vienna, VA
This treatment won't be available for years, so for today, however, if you have a toothache and think you might need a root canal in Vienna, VA, don’t wait to call Dr. Sanati for treatment. Call right away to make an appointment!