What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Has your dentist told you that you need a root canal? If so, you are not alone! Millions of teeth are saved each year with a root canal, or endodontic treatment.
Root canal treatment is often a straightforward procedure designed to relieve your tooth pain and save your smile. Patients typically need a root canal when there is inflammation or infection in and around the roots of the teeth. During the root canal process, the dental pulp (AKA nerve) is carefully removed.
The internal portion of the root is then cleaned, disinfected, and shaped. A filling is then placed to seal the space inside of the root. Eventually, a dental crown is required to preserve the remainder of the tooth structure and return the tooth to its normal function.
When do you need a root canal?
You may need a root canal if:
- You have prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold
- You experience tenderness to touch and/or chewing
- There is discoloration of the tooth
- Swelling is present
- Drainage and/or tenderness around the bone and gum tissue is present
Sometimes, however, there are no symptoms.
Why should you get a root canal?
Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages:
- Efficient chewing
- Normal biting force and sensation
- Natural appearance
- Protects surrounding teeth from excessive wear and strain
Does a Root Canal Hurt?
Denti Belli Dentistry makes root canal therapy a comfortable experience.
While root canals have received the stigma of being a painful procedure, the team at Denti Belli Dentistry will do whatever it takes to make your treatment a positive experience.
Dr. Taylor uses modern technology and exceptional care to make your root canal procedure feel like you’re getting a dental filling. What can you expect under Dr. Taylor’s care?
How does endodontic treatment save the tooth?
Once the inflamed/infected pulp is removed, the space within the roots is carefully shaped and disinfected. The root space is then filled and sealed. Afterwards, a crown is placed on the tooth to protect and restore the tooth to its full function. After the restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.
Will I feel pain during or after the procedure?
Many root canal procedures are performed to relieve the pain of toothaches caused by nerve inflammation or infection. With modern day techniques and anesthetics, most patients report that they are comfortable during the procedure. For the first few days following the root canal procedure, your tooth may feel sensitive; however, this discomfort is usually relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications.
What is the success rate with root canals?
According to the American Association of Endodontists, about 14 million root canals are performed every year with a success rate of approximately 95%. With proper care and hygiene, your tooth can last the rest of your life after the root canal procedure and crown have been completed.
Will the tooth need any special care or additional treatment after the root canal has been completed?
You should not chew or bite on the treated tooth until you have had it restored with a crown. The unrestored tooth is very susceptible to fracture, so you should follow through with a full crown as soon as possible. Otherwise, you only need to practice good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and regular checkups and cleanings.