Root Canal Therapy
Learning that you need root canal therapy may not seem like great news; however, believe it or not, there is actually a bright side.
If you need a root canal, it is likely that your tooth is infected, damaged, or traumatized to the point that it is affecting the nerve and root of your tooth. You’re probably experiencing a lot of pain and discomfort.
Here’s your good news: Contrary to popular belief, root canal therapy doesn’t cause pain. In fact, it actually relieves it – and it will allow you to preserve your natural tooth. This is much better in the long run than having to replace a tooth.
The Fear of Root Canals
The root canal is one of the most dreaded dental procedures; learning that you need one may fill you with immense anxiety, sometimes so extreme that you may consider simply living with diseased teeth to avoid further pain.
But root canals are designed to save an infected tooth and prevent further damage. Getting a root canal can be intimidating, no doubt; but with proper education and awareness, you can ease your stress and feel better knowing this is the best choice for your oral health.
What Is a Root Canal?
Root canals can be performed by general dentists, but they may also be done by a specialist known as an endodontist. These root canal dentists are experts in the procedure, so they know how to perform the most routine root extractions to more complicated surgical procedures in any part of the mouth.
During a root canal treatment, the dentist or endodontist repairs an infected and/or decaying tooth by removing the tooth's nerve and surrounding tissue called pulp. The inside of the tooth is then cleaned and sealed to prevent any bacteria from reentering it.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
Deep decay, infection, trauma from an accident or injury, and severe cracks or fractures in your tooth are reasons you may need a root canal.
If your tooth is abscessed or infected, it causes constant pain or a toothache. It’s also important to understand that a dental infection won’t go away without treatment. If you ignore an infection, it will progress and could affect neighboring teeth and result in tooth loss.
If you are experiencing the kind of dental pain that keeps you awake at night or prevents you from functioning throughout the day, it’s important that you contact Dr. Call right away.
Does Root Canal Therapy Hurt?
While root canals have long had the reputation of causing pain, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The pain you experience is caused by your infection. Root canal therapy actually relieves your pains and eliminates the infection.
Modern dentistry has made many advances that make root canal therapy more comfortable. This includes the development of excellent anesthetics, which ensure that you don’t feel anything during your procedure and also immediately relieve your pain.
Rotary endodontic tools allow Dr. Call to perform your procedure more efficiently since they are electric. Plus because they are made of titanium rather than stainless steel, they are more flexible and comfortable for the patient.
Dr. Call also offers nitrous oxide (laughing gas) as an option for patients who are feeling fearful about root canal therapy. Nitrous helps you to feel completely relaxed but leaves your system immediately after your procedure so it doesn’t interfere with your normal activities.
Can a Root Canal Save a Tooth?
Yes. The entire purpose of a root canal is to save a dying tooth and prevent rot or decay. Root canals also eliminate the severe tooth pain, swelling and discomfort that comes from a damaged tooth. In addition, root canals can prevent chronic infection that can become life-threatening if left untreated.
Root canals are not just a last resort, though many people only realize they need one after they have experienced significant decay or damage. Instead, this procedure is designed to save a tooth, restore its health and prevent it from causing you any further pain.
What to Expect After a Root Canal
Root canal recovery can cause mild to moderate pain, but it should not last more than three days. After the procedure, your dentist may prescribe an over-the-counter analgesic such as Ibuprofen or Advil to reduce swelling and pain.
The heightened sensitivity after a root canal is normal, but it can cause slight discomfort. You can manage this by staying away from hard foods and extreme temperatures. So, avoid consuming any hot or icy beverages until you have fully recovered.
Stress-relieving activities and good oral hygiene practices can help you manage your recovery by reducing pain, eliminating bacteria in the mouth, and promoting fast healing.
How to Avoid Root Canal Therapy
Did you know that many root canals can actually be avoided?
It’s true! All it takes is consistent visits to your dentist in Surprise every six months to avoid complex procedures like root canals.
This is because Dr. Call can detect tooth decay and other issues early on with x-rays and during your examination. Early detection allows us to treat tooth decay and cavities with a less invasive dental filling when you are proactive about your care.
If you or a loved one is experiencing dental pain – or even if it’s just time for your next dental exam, give RGC Dentistry a call to schedule an appointment.