The root canal seems to have the worst reputation of just about any dental procedure you can name. But the reality is that this reputation is entirely undeserved. Despite the fact that most people perceive root canals to be painful, the truth is that most people who have had a root canal describe the process as being no more uncomfortable than a filling.
Root canals are actually a valuable procedure that can help us save a tooth that might otherwise be lost. Infections and damage to the tooth can cause the root of the tooth to become inflamed or even die. If your tooth’s root is inflamed, it can be extremely painful. A root canal actually relieves this pain and helps you feel better.
For many patients, the scariest part of a root canal is the fact that they don’t really understand what is being done. The goal of a root canal is to remove the damaged or dead root and clean out the interior of your tooth to treat the infection and prevent future problems. Although this can sound worrisome, rest assured that your root canal will be performed by a skilled and highly competent dentist and you will be appropriately anesthetized prior to the start of the procedure.
Once you’re anesthetized, your Premier Dental dentist will use specialized instruments to open up the tooth and remove the root. Once that’s complete, your dentist will carefully clean the tooth’s interior. If necessary, a local antibiotic may be placed to treat any infection. Once the tooth is sterilized, it will be filled with a composite resin filling, which will protect the tooth and prevent the damage from recurring. In some cases, a crown may be placed to support and protect the tooth.
The most common symptom that may indicate the need for a root canal is pain. This pain tends to increase with pressure (such as happens during chewing). This pain may also increase with exposure to changes in temperature. In time, the pain may radiate to your jaw and even to your ear.
Other symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal include swelling in the gum and cheek near the affected tooth. A pimple-like lesion on the gums indicates that the tooth has now abscessed. This is considered a dental emergency. If you see this type of lesion on your gums, call our office right away.
It is possible to require a root canal and not experience any pain. This is often the case when the root has died because of a sudden injury to the tooth. We’ll inspect your tooth using digital imaging so that we can see what’s happening underneath the enamel. If you we do determine that a root canal is necessary, we will discuss the situation with you so that you understand why we recommend the procedure.
If you are in pain or have damaged your tooth, give us a call today so that we can get you into our Rockland County dental office right away, assess the situation, and relieve your pain.
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