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Posted on: March 24, 2022
Uncover the Truth About Root Canal Treatment
Root canals have been performed since 1766, but the procedure was considerably more painful then. However, the misconception still persists that root canals are excruciatingly painful and are a procedure to be avoided at all costs. Is this really true, or is it part of the mystery that surrounds the root canal procedure? The following information about the modern root canal procedure may alleviate your apprehension if your dentist recommends a root canal for one or more of your teeth.
Why Might You Need to Get a Root Canal Treatment?
Often, when the pulp is severely decayed, infected, or abscessed, a root canal is the only method for saving the tooth. It will alleviate the excruciating pain of an abscess or severe toothache as well as forestall additional health problems that can result due to an abscessed or infected tooth. Modern advances in pain management have made the root canal procedure relatively painless with few or no aftereffects. However, if the tooth remains untreated, then you’ll probably lose it, so see your dentist at the first indication of pain or another problem.
What Are the Top Ten Questions Asked About Root Canals?
If your dentist has recommended that you have a root canal, you’ll likely be apprehensive and have some questions. Answers to the following questions may help alleviate your apprehension and make you more confident in the procedure.
- Am I a good candidate for the root canal procedure?
- Does a root canal entail any risks I should know about?
- Is a root canal the best treatment for my dental issue?
- How long does the entire process last from start to finish?
- What’s involved in having a root canal?
- Will I have pain after the procedure, and if so, how much?
- What type of anesthesia will you be using?
- How much does a root canal cost?
- Will my insurance cover the cost?
- Will my tooth be weaker after the procedure?
We recommend checking with your insurance provider before your appointment so that you know your coverage, any limitations, and any exclusions. If you’re going to incur substantial costs due to the procedure, ask us about financing options that can help you afford the treatment you need.
What Are the Signs Indicating That I Need a Root Canal?
Usually, people will have warning signs, such as infection or pain, that a tooth needs professional attention. If you notice any of the following serious symptoms, then schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. A root canal may be your only option for saving the tooth, so don’t delay.
- Discolored teeth or gums
- Inflammation, redness, or swelling of your gums
- Persistent or severe pain in a tooth
- Persistent temperature sensitivity
- Small bump on the gums by a painful tooth
- Sore gums and teeth
- Severe dental decay
If you notice one or more of the above, schedule an appointment with your affordable dentist without delay to ensure that you don’t lose your tooth.
What’s the Root Canal Procedure?
If your dentist has recommended a root canal procedure, then you’re probably dreading the appointment. The following information may help ease your anxiety about the procedure and enable you to relax during the root canal because you know what to expect.
- Detection: The first step to the root canal procedure is detecting the problem, whether it’s decay or damage. Usually, you’ll have pain, redness, and swelling, so you’ll be alerted to the fact that you have a problem and that you need to see your dentist. You may need a root canal, and the sooner it’s scheduled, the better the prognosis.
- Beginning The Procedure: If your dentist examines your teeth and determines that a root canal is the best procedure to remedy the problem, then they’ll numb the area around the tooth and drill an opening in the top of the tooth. The hole enables them to access the tooth’s interior, which is the pulp’s location.
- Removing The Root: When your dentist has access to the interior of your tooth, they’ll remove the damaged or infected tissue, cleanse and disinfect the area, and rinse the canals.
- Filling The Canals: After cleaning and disinfecting the canals, the canals will be filled and packed with a permanent material, usually gutta-percha.
- Restoration: After the canals are cleaned and packed, a temporary crown will be placed to seal the hole and protect the tooth’s interior.
- The Crown: Your dentist will have made a mold of your tooth and sent that to a lab for fabrication of your permanent crown. When they receive the permanent crown, you’ll return to have it placed. Your dentist will affix your permanent crown to your tooth with a powerful cement, and your root canal procedure will be complete.
Are There Dos And Don’ts After A Root Canal?
Although the exact healing time will vary by patient, there are steps you can take to expedite the healing process.
The first step involves following your aftercare instructions religiously since that will promote the fastest healing. It’s normal for the affected tooth to feel slightly different for a few weeks, but any pain should be manageable with over-the-counter pain relievers. If you experience severe pain or pressure after a few days, be sure to notify your dentist’s office because you may have developed a problem.
Aftercare Instructions For Home
Your dentist will provide you with aftercare instructions, and following them to the letter will promote healing for your tooth. The following basic guidelines will help speed your healing process:
- Don’t eat anything until all the numbness has worn off. Otherwise, you can bite your tongue or cheek and do serious damage that you won’t realize.
- Don’t bite or chew in the area of the treated tooth until it’s completely healed.
- Adhere to your medication instructions precisely as your dentist prescribes.
- Maintain your normal good oral hygiene habits, but avoid the area around the treated tooth until it has healed completely.
- If you experience adverse reactions such as an allergic reaction, nausea, pain, swelling, or other symptoms, call your dentist without delay.
Followup Care With Your Dentist
A root canal is the first step to restoring functionality and health to a damaged tooth. However, you need the permanent crown installed to complete the process, so schedule the appointment for your permanent crown installation right after your root canal has been completed.