What is a root canal?
Dr. Jeff will eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent reinfection of the tooth and save the natural tooth. When one undergoes a root canal, the dentist removes the inflamed or infected pulp. Furthermore, the dental clinician cleans the inside of the tooth, disinfects it, then filled it, and sealed it.
Root canals are safe procedures that relieve pain and make teeth healthy again.
Who needs a root canal?
If you have a cracked tooth from an injury or genetics, a deep cavity or issues from a previous filling, you will need a root canal. Patients generally need a root canal when they notice their teeth are sensitive, particularly to hot and cold sensations.
Here are a few signs that you might need a root canal:
Severe pain while chewing or biting.
Pimples on the gums
A chipped or cracked tooth
Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold, even after the sensation has been removed
Swollen or tender gums
Deep decay or darkening of the gum
Does a root canal hurt?
Since patients are given anesthesia, a root canal is not more painful than a regular dental procedure, such as a filling or getting a wisdom tooth removed. However, a root canal is generally a bit sore or numb after the procedure, and can even cause mild discomfort for a few days.
Can I come back to my normal activities?
Even though you are going to feel numb for two to four hours, you will be able to come back to your normal activities. We advise not to eat until the numbness disappears, so you do not bite yourself.
Something to think about:
Generally, endodontic treatment and restoration of the natural tooth are less expensive than the alternative of having the tooth extracted. An extracted tooth must be replaced with an implant or bridge to restore chewing function and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting. These procedures tend to cost more than endodontic treatment and appropriate restoration.