A lot of people are wary of dental procedures, but nothing brings more angst than the thought of a root canal. There are a lot of misconceptions about root canal procedures. If your dentist recommends that you have one, we want you to be equipped with the facts so you’re better prepared.
When Is a Root Canal Necessary?
A root canal is needed when there is an infection or inflammation of the soft tissue (pulp) inside the root of your tooth. This pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue, and this is why damage to this area is so painful. Providing treatment to this delicate area is the best way to heal the damage, while preserving the tooth. In addition to keeping a natural appearance, a root canal will help ensure proper chewing which will protect other teeth from excessive wear or stain.
Will a Root Canal Procedure Hurt?
There is a common misconception that root canal procedures cause excessive pain. Due to advancements in technology and anesthetics, root canals cause no more discomfort than a routine filling.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
- Once it’s been identified that you need a root canal, you may be prescribed an antibiotic to help heal the infection in the tooth.
- During the root canal procedure, the doctor will administer a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and minimize pain.
- The doctor will open the crown of the tooth and use very small instruments to clean the pulp and the root canals.
- After the space is cleaned and shaped, the root canals are filled.
- Typically, a temporary filling will close the opening of the tooth. This filling will be replaced with a crown (or other recommended forms of restoration) during a subsequent visit. The crown will protect and restore the tooth to its full function.
- In some cases, the treated tooth is too fragile to hold the crown in place. If so, the doctor may place a post inside the tooth to provide additional support.
- After a root canal, your tooth might be a bit sensitive. However, if left untreated, damage to the soft tissue will only get worse and cause more pain.
Are you experiencing tooth discomfort that won’t go away? Call Dr. Karen Roberts at (979) 968.9451 or book an appointment today so she can determine what the issue is.