Root Canal Procedure FAQ’s

Root Canal Procedure FAQ’s

A root canal can treat cases of tooth decay that reaches the pulp chamber of one of your teeth. When this happens, the pulp of the tooth and the nerves inside face exposure to irritants in the person's mouth like air, saliva, food particles and bacteria. This usually leads to an infection or inflammation of the pulp.

Also, trauma, a faulty crown, and fractures can also lead to the pulp of a tooth becoming compromised. If the infection of the tooth is left unaddressed, the infection can spread into the jawbone or, even worse, the bloodstream.

What happens when I get a root canal?

During the procedure, the dentist will give the patient a shot of anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth the dentist needs to work on. Next, he/she will drill a hole into the tooth to access the pulp chamber. The dentist will then remove the pulp and nerves inside the tooth. Medication will go over the opening before sealing the tooth with a rubber-like material. The dentist then covers the tooth up with a crown for further protection.

Do I need to go to a root canal specialist (endodontist)?

An endodontist is a specialist with two additional years of specialized training. The extra training includes the use of microscopes, fiber optics, ultrasonic dental issues and digital imaging. However, root canals are straightforward procedures and most general dentists are capable of safely performing the procedure.

Is a root canal painful?

Root canal treatments have a poor reputation as one of the most painful procedures a person can get at the dental office, but that is completely false. The reality is there is almost no pain associated with a root canal treatment. The closest thing to the pain you will experience during the procedure is when the dentist gives you a shot of anesthetic.

After that, all you feel is pressure and vibrations as your dentist works on the tooth. Root canals do not cause pain, this procedure actually helps to eliminate the pain from an inflamed or infected pulp.

Will I have to get an X-ray

X-rays are typical before root canal procedures to give the dentist a better idea of what is going on underneath the surface of the mouth. The radiation levels associated with digital radiography is up to 90 percent lower than that emitted by conventional X-ray machines, so there is no need to worry about radiation.

Do I need a root canal if the tooth isn't bothering me?

An infected or inflamed pulp typically includes persistent pain that can keep you up all night, but the pain subsides in some cases. However, that does not mean the tooth is no longer infected. The pain will eventually come back so you still need to have a root canal treatment to prevent the infection from spreading and save the tooth.

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