All You Need to Know About Root Canal and Why Make an Appointment for It
If you have a mild toothache, or you’re feeling sensitivity to hot and cold, and your discomfort is strong enough to keep you up at night, it is very likely that you need root canal. Fortunately, root canal therapy is fairly common, and there’s nothing to worry about. Our clinic has handled many cases – both mild and severe – that required this type of treatment, and the rate of success of the therapy as a standard procedure is extremely high.
The Basic Facts about Root Canal Treatment
Below the “hard casing” or the enamel, crown and dentin of the tooth, we have the pulp – a soft tissue that contains blood vessels, nerves and everything the tooth needs in order to grow during development. In some cases the nerve becomes infected, and this infection can spread, often leading to the complete decay and loss of the tooth, if left untreated.
Since fully developed teeth can survive without the pulp, being nourished by the surrounding tissues, endodontic therapy, or root canal therapy, can be used to remove the decaying pulp with the purpose of filling the tooth and saving it from an impending need for an extraction.
Signs You Might Need a Root Canal
It’s not always clear from the start if you need endodontic therapy, since the same or similar symptoms can be related to other problems as well. The best course of action would be to head down to our dental health clinic or call and schedule yourself for an appointment. You should immediately do so, if you have any of the following problems:
• You feel a strong and lingering sensitivity to sensations of hot and cold.
• You have a dull ache or strong pain in the area of the tooth.
• You are experiencing discomfort while biting or chewing.
• You have severe pain or discomfort that can even wake you up at night.
These symptoms are often a strong indication that you’re in need of endodontic therapy. Fortunately, we have the perfect tools and the best expertise for dealing with the issue.
Frequently Asked Questions about Root Canal
Q: Is root canal better than extraction?
A: The main advantage of dental root canal over a tooth extraction is that you get to keep your tooth and avoid the hassle and costs associated with getting an implant and a replacement tooth. In turn, this can prevent problems such as drifting teeth or TMJ discomfort.
Q: Will the procedure hurt?
A: With our state-of-the-art equipment and dependable local anesthetic you are not likely to feel anything during your root canal.
Q: Will there be pain or discomfort after the procedure?
A: Most of the pain and discomfort you feel after the anesthetic wears off will be gone within 12-24 hours of the procedure. Also, once the treatment has finished any sensitivity to hot or cold should stop.
Q: Is the procedure complicated, and will it take long?
A: The entire procedure can be completed using only local anesthetic. The crown of the tooth has to be opened, and we will use special instruments to clean the canals and get them ready for filling. Root canal is a standard, common procedure that typically takes only two appointments and that our dentistry clinic has handled countless times with exceptional success.