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Has your dentist or endodontist recommended that you receive a root canal for a damaged or infected tooth? Often, the term “root canal” is a commonly known term but can be a scary term for dental patients. However, if you find yourself in need, rest assured that you are not alone. Millions require a root canal or other endodontic treatment every year.
Root Canal (Endodontic) treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes such as deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. Also, a blow to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulpal inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
Symptoms of Possible Infection
Sometimes, there are no obvious or noticeable symptoms to let you know there is a problem! Only regular dental visits and digital x-rays (as well as the expert eye of the dentist) can reveal the underlying issue.
We first remove the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully clean and shapes the inside of the tooth, then fill and seal the space. Afterward, your dentist will place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.
Endodontic procedures are performed to relieve the pain of toothaches caused by pulpal inflammation or infection. With modern techniques and anesthetics, most patients report that they are comfortable during the procedure.
For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications. Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after completion of your root canal. However, if you have severe pain or pressure lasting more more than a few days, call our office!
If you’ve heard the common expression, “as painful as a root canal.” Well relax! With advances in pain management in dentistry, this expression is simply a myth.
It is generally a comfortable treatment that can save your tooth and keep your mouth healthy.
The effectiveness of root canal treatment is well-established. However, misinformation continues to circulate on the Internet that may cause patients to question the safety of endodontics. It is in the best interest of patients to understand there is no valid, scientific evidence linking root canals to cancer or other health problems. Advancements in modern dentistry that make endodontic treatment predictable, effective and successful.