A root canal will save your natural tooth that is severely damaged. Our dentists will complete a thorough diagnosis of your tooth and the infected tissue. A root canal is only recommended if your natural tooth can be saved. Alternatively, further progression of your infection in the root of your tooth may require a tooth extraction.
Keep in mind, the pain will not always accompany your infected tooth. As a matter of fact, your dentist may find the infected area during your regular teeth cleaning. Hence, this is another reason for you to visit your dentist a minimum of two times per year for regular cleanings.
What to expect in a Root Canal Procedure?
Your dentist delivers the news, “You need a root canal procedure to save your tooth.” At that moment, you’re not exactly conjuring up thoughts of fun and excitement.
Good news, your root canal procedure will remove infected tooth pulp and disinfect the area that is affected. Next, our root canal specialist will examine your tooth and discuss options with you to restore your natural tooth. Our goal is always to save your natural tooth.
Some of the more common causes that require a root canal procedure include:
Inflamed, infected or damaged dental pulp
Severe sensitivity to hot and cold elements
Cavity from extensive tooth decay
Chipped or broken tooth
Trauma to your teeth or another type of dental injury
Swelling or tenderness near the infected tooth
Repeated dental procedures on a tooth
Root Canal Therapy
Typically, root canal therapy is the most effective way to treat a tooth abscess. Choosing a dentist that specializes in endodontic procedures, such as root canals can help to make the procedure as easy and painless as possible. You can lower your risk of developing a tooth abscess by visiting your dentist at least twice a year for regular cleanings. Most importantly, do not allow cavities to go untreated for too long.
The objective of a root canal is to save the visible part of your tooth. For that reason, a root canal treatment requires the tooth structure that was removed be replaced with a “buildup” and a crown placed to seal and protect the tooth. Without the buildup and crown, you risk fracturing the remaining tooth structure from your natural tooth.
Is a Root Canal Painful?
Several years ago, root canal pain was a common experience for patients. Fortunately, advancements in dental technology have made the root canal procedure virtually pain-free. Generally, the only pain you will experience during a root canal procedure will be from the local anesthesia. Any discomfort from the local anesthesia will last one or two seconds. Your dentist may also provide sedation to make you more comfortable.