ROOT CANAL: A TOOTH SAVER
Everyone’s heard of root canals. Unfortunately, most people associate them with terrible experiences filled with pain and dread. But what do you really know about root canals and are they worthy of all the horror stories?
WHAT CAUSES A ROOT CANAL?
There are several reasons for infection in the tooth pulp. They include severe tooth decay, trauma to the tooth, recent dental procedures, large fillings, and cracks or chips in the teeth. If the cause of your tooth pain is serious decay or infection in the tooth pulp, your dentist may recommend a root canal.
SIGNS YOU NEED A ROOT CANAL
Not all types of mouth pain are indications for a root canal. But signs of infection severe enough that may warrant one include:
- Serious tooth pain when eating or when you put pressure on the area
- Teeth pain and sensitivity to hot or cold that lingers
- A small, pimple-like bump on the gums near the area of teeth pain
- Darkening of the tooth
- Tenderness or swelling in the gums near the area of pain
All of these are potential signs you may have an infection inside your tooth. You must seek the advice of a licensed Dental Professional for a proper diagnosis.
WHAT IS A ROOT CANAL?
A root canal is a procedure that treats an infected tooth. During the treatment, the dentist removes the inflamed or damaged inner part of the tooth. When that is complete, the dentist cleans up and disinfects the tooth to remove any existing infection. Then, the interior of the tooth is sealed to prevent further bacteria from entering. In many cases a Dental Crown is needed to give the tooth extra strength.
Here is more information about the Root Canal Procedure and how it is done step by step.
BENEFITS OF A ROOT CANAL
Root Canal Treatment allows you:
- Get you out of pain
- Keep your natural tooth
- Avoid the need for an artificial tooth
- Keep the alignment of your teeth
- Prevent issues with your jaw.
Your tooth does not necessarily need its nerve to maintain proper functioning, so the removal through a root canal treatment will not cause significant damage or loss of functionality.
Left untreated, an infected tooth will become more serious if the infection spreads to the surrounding tissue. The infection in the tooth can spread to other parts of the body, and in some cases can even be life threatening.
HOW PAINFUL IS A ROOT CANAL?
Let’s get to the root of the issue and address what everyone wants to know. Root canals have the reputation of being painful. The truth is, most people report that the procedure itself is no more painful than having a filling placed.
If there is any pain associated with the procedure, it is little to do with the process and more due to the inflamed pulp inside the teeth. At Broadway Dental Studio, we make sure our patients our comfortable with modern techniques and sufficient anaesthesia. It is not a fun procedure, but most certainly not a painful one.
After the procedure, when the anesthetic wears off, you will feel pain that extends for a few days after the treatment. Your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the root canal was completed. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications.The pain should subside after a couple of days.
WHY BROADWAY DENTAL STUDIO?
Broadway Dental Studio is known for a thoroughly reliable, professional and affable experience. For procedures such as a root canal, we know that the patient may feel a little nervous or on edge. Our team is especially dedicated to helping you feel comfortable and confident the moment you walk into our practice, and are happy to go over the details with you. This has helped us become a hallmark of fantastic dental practice in Revere, Massachusetts, and we proudly serve the community there.