Root canals have received a bad reputation in dentistry over the years because many patients associate this treatment with pain. Dr. Crawford and Dr. Reddy want to set the record straight about this widely misunderstood procedure. Here are some things you should know about root canal therapy. First, it’s not actually the root canal procedure causing your pain; it’s actually the dental infection in your tooth that causes it. Root canal therapy will relieve your pain, and dental aesthetics ensure that the procedure itself is not painful. Next, root canal therapy can actually preserve your tooth and save it from an extraction. A dental infection left untreated will likely lead to tooth loss.
Your tooth may begin to feel sensitive to hot or cold foods or beverages, or you may begin to experience a toothache. If your tooth is infected, it’s important to note that it won’t go away without treatment. Dental infections can spread to other critical areas of your body, and could even lead to tooth loss if left untreated.
If you’re experience tooth pain or sensitivity or signs of infection, you should come see us right away. Having a root canal today could help us prevent the need for an extraction tomorrow, and preserving your natural teeth is always our goal.
The primary suspects
There are many circumstances that can lead to treatment with root canal therapy, including:
Dr. Crawford or Dr. Reddy will remove the infected tissue from your tooth through a small access in the top. When the infection has been cleaned out completely, they will seal your tooth with a temporary filling and give it time to heal. Most patients are surprised at how comfortable and smooth this procedure is, and they appreciate how anaesthetics immediately alleviate pain.
After root canal therapy, your tooth is not as strong as it once was. After it heals, our doctors will restore it with either a permanent filling or a dental crown. This will ensure that you still have all the function you once had, and you’ll be able to eat, chew, brush and floss as usual.
Are root canals preventable?
Did you know that many root canals could be prevented when you’re proactive about your oral health? For example, if your tooth is decayed, a dental filling may effectively solve the problem if you get it done right away. When decay is left untreated, it leads to an infection, which then requires a root canal to treat.
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