Root Canal Treatment, Painful or not
Root Canal: A solution to save your damaged tooth and your natural smile!
What is a Root Canal?
This procedure is used to save the tooth which has an infection or dead pulp to stop increasing the infection. You will need a root canal if the infection has spread from an existing untreated cavity or/and gum to the pulp of the tooth. Pulp of the tooth is basically heart of the tooth where the blood vessels and nerves are. If pulp of the tooth is infected there is no way of saving the tooth unless you undergo root canal treatment.
All teeth have a pulp chamber inside them which protects nerves, blood vessels and nutrients. If the pulp of the tooth is infected only Root Canal treatment is a solution.
When the nerves of the tooth are infected, your dentist will clean the infected area under local anesthesia and fill the roots. A dental crown is always suggested after root canal treatment to replace the lost tooth structure for more support and strength.
What are the signs of a damaged pulp?
The symptoms of infected root are different from person to person but these are the most common signs:
- Having pain while biting and chewing
- Swelled face or gum
- High tooth sensitivity to hot and cold food or drinks
These symptoms are not always related to infected roots but will be confirmed at your examination with one of highly qualified dentists at Gorgeous Smiles. After taking x-ray and examination, your dentist will advise you of needed treatment.
Why you need root canal treatment?
The infected tooth cannot be repaired by itself and if you leave it like that you may experience:
- Extreme pain
- Forming an abscess under tooth’s root – in the jaw bone
- Damage of the bone which is beneath the tooth
It is better to do the treatment as soon as possible before it is too late for the tooth to be saved.
Another reason which makes it essential to have the treatment soon, is to prevent the infection to spread to the neighboring teeth which may cause:
- Facial and neck swelling
- Poisoned blood
What is the procedure for Root Canal Treatment?
There are lots of stories behind root canal treatment which are exaggerated a lot so do not fear the treatment because it does not cause pain it gets rid of it. It may take one to three sessions for dentist to finish the treatment.
The dentist opens the top of the tooth through to chambers of the pulp.
The damaged pulp tissue is removed and the root canals are cleaned and irrigated.
Then an antibiotic paste is placed in the roots to prevent further infection. The tooth is filled with temporary filling material until the next session.
The canals are filled on your last appointment and the tooth itself too.
For a better strength, a Porcelain Crown is placed on the tooth. At Gorgeous Smiles our Porcelain Crowns are made within one appointment thanks to our in-house lab. Read more about our Same day Porcelain Crowns and Veneers.
How long each appointment is?
The treatment depends on each case complexity and varies from 30 minutes to 2 hours.
Is Root Canal Treatments Painful?
Not at all, Root canal Treatments are designed to relive the pain and clean the infection, after your tooth being numb by our dentist you are not going to feel pain. There is of course discomfort if the infection does not allow your tooth to get numb , in these cases your dentist might prescribe some antibiotics for you and delay the appointment until the infection subsides.
Why shall I have a Root Canal treatment?
There are many advantages that you can get from the treatment such as:
- Relief of any discomfort or pain related to the tooth
- A healthy repaired tooth which is better than not having a tooth and getting a replacement done, remember nothing can replace your natural tooth.
- Stop the spread of infection
- Stop the infection to affect other teeth
- Regaining normal chewing
- Save your Gorgeous Smile!
Is there any side effect?
It is possible that the infection comes back in 30% of the cases, despite all the good care your dentist can give the tooth. Considering the failure rate, we would recommend keeping your real tooth rather than extracting it.
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