What are root canals?
A root canal is a safe, effective endodontic dental treatment where your dentist removes any decay, bacteria and nerves from the interior of a damaged or infected tooth to prevent the need for an extraction.
Do root canals hurt?
Since patients are given local anesthetic, root canal therapy is usually painless.
You may experience some soreness or numbness after the procedure, and you may experience mild discomfort for a few days. But, rest assured, your dentist can help with pain management. In most cases, any pain can be treated quickly and comfortably.
What happens during a root canal procedure?
During a root canal, your dentist removes the affected nerve tissue and cleans the inside of the tooth. The tooth is then sealed and filled with a composite material.
If your tooth had extensive decay, your dentist may use a dental crown to strengthen and protect the tooth.
Why do I need a root canal?
If a tooth has a deep cavity or is cracked, bacteria can enter the tooth and cause infection. If left untreated, an abscess may form, pain and swelling may result, and it may eventually cause damage to your jawbones and overall oral health.
In these cases, the solution is often to remove the infected tooth nerve with a root canal.
How do I know if I need a root canal?
Patients generally need a root canal when they experience severe toothache, swelling in the gums, or tooth sensitivity, especially to hot and cold. These symptoms can be easily remedied when the damaged tissue is removed.
Only your dentist can determine if a root canal will be an appropriate treatment. If you experience any of these symptoms, be sure to contact your dentist.