Root canals are needed when a dental infection, or tooth decay, reaches the nerve (pulp chamber) of the tooth. The infection destroys the nerves located within the root of the tooth, eventually causing the tooth to die. Years ago, the only option for this type of dental problem was a tooth extraction. Now, thanks to dental technology, our dentists can prolong the life of your tooth!
It’s understandable you’d be concerned about the possibility of having a root canal procedure.
Over the years, root canals have become synonymous with serious pain; but they’ve actually come a long way.
New technology now enables your dentist to perform the procedure virtually pain-free. And once the root canal procedure is complete, it’s likely you’ll be free of pain afterwards, too!
City dentists invests in the latest root canal technologies from SybronEndo to provide the gold standard of root treatment to our patients.
How will I know if I need Root Canal Treatment?
If you’re in need of root canal therapy, you may be having trouble eating or sleeping. A toothache or sensitivity to hot or cold is common for those with infected pulp, and you may even have swelling or tenderness in the gums or upon biting down on a tooth. Your discomfort is a sign you need to see a dentist — and fast ! While toothache remedies may relieve your pain, they won’t fix your problem. Pain from infected root canals is often a signal that you need professional dental treatment to save the tooth.
Of course, if you do have any kind of tooth discomfort, it’s important not to self-diagnose. Only a dentist can properly diagnose the pain and provide the appropriate treatments.
Luckily, you don’t need the nerve for a tooth to survive — the nerve’s purpose in a grown tooth is to provide nutrients and send signals to the brain, letting you know when dental problems come up. Now that you know your tooth needs help, your dentist can take the appropriate measures to fix it.
When serious infection or damage is present, your dentist may refer you to a root canal specialist (an endodontist).
To keep you comfortable, you’ll receive an injection of local anesthesia — usually the most painful part of root canal therapy. You may feel a slight sting as the anesthesia enters the tissue, but it should only last for a second or two. (If necessary, your dentist may offer sedation dentistry to relieve any dental anxiety you might have.) Once the area is numb, your dentist will drill through the tooth’s crown and remove the pulp and nerves located within the root. Like a tooth filling, the area is cleaned and the root canal is filled to keep the infection from returning. You may experience some sensitivity for a few days as the tooth heals. Your dentist will then cap (crown) the tooth to further protect it.
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You probably have questions. We can answer them and, based on an analysis of your situation, tell you whether root canal treatment would be right for you.