Do I Need A Root Canal?
Endodontics is the aspect of dentistry involving work with the nerves within our teeth; with Root Canals being the most well-known procedure of the field. Typically, an infected tooth is a result of, or at least related to, infected nerves. In order to avoid the much-more serious problem of an abscess and subsequent bone loss, the infected nerves need to be taken out.
The Root Canal Procedure
The procedure begins by numbing the area with a local anesthetic. Then the dentist will drill a hole into the tooth so that the infection may be removed from the canal. Once the canal is cleaned out, it will be filled and sealed with gutta percha and most likely fitted with a crown (both for aesthetics and to help ensure success).
Thanks to anesthesia and pain medication we are able to perform root canals with minimal discomfort. You may notice soreness after the procedure, but that’s normal and easily treated with pain medication prescribed by your dentist or purchased over-the-counter.
Despite their reputation, root canals don’t have to be scary or anxiety-inducing. You will most likely experience very little if any pain during the procedure and it will alleviate the pain you may have been feeling due to hot and cold sensitivity or biting down too forcefully. So if you are in pain, please come in and talk to us today.