Taking the Mystery Out of Root Canals

Do I Really Need a Root Canal?

Tooth pain can be an unbearable experience. Usually before the dentist breaks the news to you, the pain will already have set in and you won’t need much convincing that you’re in serious need of a root canal treatment. Luckily for you, a root canal is the best case scenario. 

​The pain you’re experiencing is coming from the pressure of decay and infection inside the tooth. The most common cause of the diseased pulp is a cracked tooth or a deep cavity. Both of these scenarios allow germs to build up inside of the tooth, which causes the infection. If left untreated this infection will build at the tip of the root, and then eventually in the jaw bone, causing an abscess filled with puss. This abscess will then begin to deteriorate the jaw bone around the tooth.

What Does a Root Canal Involve?

Knowing that the pain and deterioration can only get worse at this point should be proper motivation for going to the dentist to get the root canal. Now, what does the root canal process entail?

First, the Endodontist will provide localized sedation to make the patient completely comfortable. Most people believe that a root canal means even more pain than you might currently be experiencing, but this is not true. The dentist is here to relieve your pain, and not cause more of it.

root canal treatment can take a few hours, during which time you will be seated in the dentist chair with your mouth open. You will be allowed to listen to music or a podcast of your choice to help pass the time.

The pulp will then be removed from the tooth. If receiving a crown, the dentist will take a mold of your tooth. If you are not receiving a crown, then the dentist will fill in your tooth and permanently seal it. 

Is there an Alternative Treatment?

As mentioned before, a root canal is usually a best case scenario as opposed to having the tooth extracted. Which will later lead to more dental work such as a dental implant, crown or bridge. More dental work means more dental costs. 

It’s always better to save a tooth if possible, especially since root canal treatment has a 90% success rate. Saving the tooth will prevent future dental complications such as a bad bite from shifting teeth, problems with eating solid food, and a receding jawbone and bone loss.

What Can I Expect After the Root Canal Treatment?

Pain or discomfort may linger for several days after the root canal, but this can be avoided with over the counter pain relievers. Anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen is the best choice to avoid complications with tooth infections. Any further issues will be discussed with between you and the dentist.

You can also discuss any questions with our amazing dental staff. They can answer all and any of your questions. Feel free to call our office at (915) 595-3333, or schedule an appointment by visiting our Contact page and filling out the form. We will be in touch as soon as humanly possible.