Root Canal Treatment
If you are like most people, the mere sentence, “You need a root canal” is enough to fill you with anxiety. The truth is that the root canal is a valuable, effective dental treatment that has an unfounded bad reputation. This probably stems from the fact that many people associate it with the pain of a toothache. But a root canal will not only relieve your toothache pain, but it can save your tooth.
Today’s root canals are more comfortable than ever, thanks to improved technology and better techniques. So if you need a root canal, don’t be concerned or anxious. Just know that this tooth-saving dental procedure is no worse than getting your garden-variety dental filling.
When Is a Root Canal Necessary?
If you have a toothache, chances are it is because of an infection in the root of the tooth, also called the canal. This is where the nerves and pulp of your tooth live. When infection hits the nerves, the pain can be excruciating.
Most patients come to us because of the pain, but we will usually take an x-ray to determine if an infection is present. If it is, we’ll go over your treatment options; we can also talk about what would happen if you do not get treatment.
What Happens during the Root Canal Procedure?
Before starting the procedure, your dentist will anesthetize the area so you won’t feel anything during treatment. Once you are numb, we will create an opening in your tooth through which your dentist can clean out the infection in the root of the tooth. Using specialized instruments, we will remove the infected pulp and nerves, then flush the area with an antibiotic to ensure the infection is destroyed.
When the tooth root is completely cleaned, we will seal it to prevent infection from re-entering the tooth. We usually recommend a dental crown on the remaining tooth structure. Removing the living portion of the tooth tends to make the tooth brittle and subject to fracture. A dental crown will restore your tooth to its full function.
What Do I Do After the Root Canal?
After treatment, you might feel some sensitivity in the area, but the pain that brought you to the dentist office will be significantly alleviated, and you will feel much better. You might want to rest the day after a root canal to give your body a chance to heal. Be sure to call us if you have any questions.
Call Sequoia Family Dental If You Suspect You Need a Root Canal
If you have a toothache, it will more than likely not go away on its own. At the first sign of dental pain, give us a call. Dental pain is never normal, and if you have an infection in your tooth root, it can spread to your healthy teeth. Call our Canton, MA office today so we can get you into our office quickly.