Root canals can prevent tooth loss when there is damage to the soft core of the tooth (the pulp). Despite its reputation as a painful ordeal, a root canal is not very uncomfortable. During the root canal procedure, the damaged pulp is removed, the root canal is cleaned and sealed off, and a crown is bonded to the tooth to maintain strength. Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure involving one to three visits. Best of all, a root canal can save your tooth and your smile!
Saving Your Teeth from Extraction
Tooth pulp needs to be removed because when it is damaged, it breaks down and bacteria begins to multiply. The bacteria can cause an infection, which leads to many other problems. One problem that arises is swelling that may spread to other areas of the neck, face, or head. Other problems include bone loss around the lip of the root, as well as drainage problems extending outward from the root. These problems are very harmful to one’s health. Damage inflicted on tooth pulp is often caused by deep decay, multiple dental procedures on a tooth, large fillings, a chip or crack in the tooth, or face trauma. Symptoms that there is damage to your teeth include: severe toothache, prolonged sensitivity to extreme temperatures, discolored teeth, and swelling of the gums. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is advised to make a dental appointment immediately to address the need for a root canal.
Is Root Canal Therapy Painful?
If you indeed do need a root canal, you might be concerned about the procedure and what to expect after it. Many people report that the root canal procedure is no more painful than having a filling placed. The pain is very minimal after the procedure as well. Naturally, the tooth may feel sensitive, but this can be easily treated with over-the-counter pain medications such as Advil or Motrin. There is no lengthy or difficult recovery process from a root canal procedure, and most patients can return to their normal routine the day afterwards. Finally, there should be no concern about the effectiveness of the root canal, as the procedure has more than a 95% success rate. Many teeth with a root canal can last a lifetime.