The notorious perception of root canals is that they are extremely painful and uncomfortable. However, this is often not the case; the procedure is relatively simple and can be accomplished in one to three office visits. Root canals repair damage to the soft core of the tooth (the pulp) by removing the damaged pulp, cleaning and sealing off the root canal, and binding a crown to the tooth to ensure it remains strong. Most importantly, root canals prevent tooth loss, saving your smile!
Saving your teeth from extraction
When a tooth’s pulp is damaged, it needs to be removed before the bacteria breaks down and begins to multiply. Decay, large fillings, or cracked or chipped teeth can cause this damage. Without a root canal to aid in this pulp removal, the bacteria can cause an infection and even lead to more serious health problems. Such problems are extremely harmful to overall health, and may include swelling of the neck, face, or head, bone loss around the lip of the tooth’s root, and even drainage issues from the root. Symptoms of these problems can include toothaches, heightened sensitivity to extreme temperatures, discoloration, and gum swelling. If you experience any of these symptoms, we advise you to make a dental appointment immediately to see if a root canal is necessary.
Is root canal therapy painful?
If examination shows that you do need a root canal, you may have questions or concerns about the procedure and what to expect afterwards. We believe that open dialect with our patients is crucial, so we make sure to take the time to explain the procedure and inform the patient of everything they need to know. Despite the widespread fear of root canals, we ensure our patients that any pain associated with the procedure is minimal, and can be easily managed with over the counter pain medication such as Advil. Any pain is extremely temporary, and the majority of patients are able to resume their normal routines the next day. Having an over 95% success rate, root canals performed on teeth last a lifetime!