Root Canal Treatments

Root canal treatment

That blinding sharp pain . Sensitivity to heat and cold sending shockwaves through your jaw. You might have an infection in a tooth. Many smaller cavities can be treated with a standard filling. If the tooth has been neglected, then there are good odds that you are in need of root canal treatment.

Many patients put off getting a painful tooth looked at, for fear that a root canal is in their future. Root canal treatments have a bad reputation for being painful and simply awful. The truth is that getting your tooth treated will eliminate the pain that you are feeling as a result of the decay, damage and infection.

  • Technological advances couple with the warmth of our dental professionals will ensure that your root canal treatment is as comfortable as is possible. Root canal procedures are quite routine, and patients should feel little to no discomfort or pain while undergoing the treatment.
  • Keep in mind that getting root canal treatments can help to preserve the natural tooth. Saving the tooth with a root canal is a better choice over needing to extract it.

Root canal procedure

What is a root canal procedure?

Root canal therapy is quite often just shorted to needing a root canal. Each tooth has canals. The procedure treats the infected pulp within the root canals, with the goal to eliminate patient pain and keep the natural tooth from needing to be extracted.

Root canal therapy becomes needed when the pulp inside of a tooth has become infected. This can occur as a result of tooth decay or damage sustained to the tooth. When tooth decay is not very extensive it can often be taken care of with a filling.

When the decay has entered into the pulp of the tooth, the situation becomes a bit more troublesome. This infection can spread, cause abscesses and even enter into the blood stream. Many patients are unaware that this infection can lead to damage to the heart.

What does a root canal treatment treat?

Certainly it stands to reason that not all toothaches and mouth pain are indicative of needing root canal treatment. If you do have pain, it’s recommended that you allow your dentist to examine the tooth and get X-rays done on the tooth or teeth in question.

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There are unfortunately very few symptoms of slowly progressing tooth decay unless you can visibly see it. Pain in the tooth and surrounding gums can be warning signs that there is an infection present. Gums can be swollen, and there may be an abscess.

There may be swelling of the cheek and even the neck, when there is a deep infection present. Patients may also find there is a lot of temperature sensitivity, especially when it comes to the foods and drinks that they enjoy.

A root canal treatment will resolve all of the discomfort, pain and sensitivity that is resulting from an infection in the tooth pulp. When your reasons for root canal therapy stem from an infection or injury to the tooth, you’ll find that you get immediate relief from the pain once the procedure has been completed.

    Are there any other options other than root canal treatment?

    The reality is that when a tooth has severe decay and damage, there are no other treatments that can successfully preserve the natural tooth. A filling is not sufficient to treat severe decay and damage, and no other treatments can be offered until the infected pulp has been removed.

    When there is an infection that has moved into the tooth’s root canals there are just two options for patients and dentists to consider. The first is that root canal therapy is needed, to remove the infection. The second option will be extracting the tooth. If the infected tooth is a wisdom tooth, your dentist may recommend extraction versus the root canal treatment.

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    What is the process for the root canal treatment?

    As with every dental treatment, your dentist will make your comfort a priority. The infected tooth and the surrounding gum will be numbed first with a topical treatment. A local numbing agent will then be injected into the gum so that there will be no pain felt at all during the procedure. Once the tooth and gums are completely numb, the root canal will begin.

    The decay and damage on the tooth will be completely removed. During this part of the procedure you should feel no pain, but may feel some pressure. The infected pulp of the tooth will be flushed and removed, taking the infection along with it. The inside of your tooth’s root canals will be sterilised so that your dentist can be sure all signs of the infection have been eliminated.

    The now disinfected root canals will be packed with a strong dental filling material that will help to maintain the structure of the tooth. A temporary crown will be placed over the healing tooth, to seal it and protect it against additional infections or damage.

    Root canal recovery is not very extensive. In just a few days, patients should feel back to normal. There may be some minor swelling and tenderness, but it should pass rather quickly.

    What are the advantages of a root canal? Are there any downsides to this procedure?

    At Fingerpost Dental we understand that you may be feeling some trepidation about getting a root canal procedure done. As with any medical dental procedures, there are some definite pros and some cons to consider.

    When it comes to a root canal treatment, there are truly only positives to consider. Prior to getting a root canal, patients are often suffering with a lot of pain and temperature sensitivity in that one tooth. Removing the tooth will instantly resolve that pain, while also reducing the potential for further spreading infection.

    The only downside to considering a root canal is that if you delay treatment, it can lead to the eventual loss of the tooth. Be sure that you select a dentist with many years of experience, so that you don’t need to consider undergoing a root canal retreatment or ultimately lose the tooth entirely.

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