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If there was an “Unsung Hero” award for dental procedures, the root canal treatment would win hands-down. Much aligned in popular culture, today’s root canal treatment is actually a valuable tool for saving teeth that would otherwise be lost. And contrary to popular belief, root canal treatments don’t cause pain — they relieve it.
To help you understand its true worth, here are some common questions and answers about the root canal treatment.
What problem does a root canal treatment fix?
A root canal treatment stops a bacterial infection that has invaded the innermost part of a tooth — the pulp — and is advancing toward the end of the root through small passageways known as root canals. Most people first notice the problem as a sharp pain in the affected tooth that may suddenly dissipate in a few days. The infection has attacked the inner pulp tissue, rich in nerve fibers; when the nerve fibers die they stop sending pain signals. The infection, however, hasn’t died: as it advances, you may then begin to experience pain when you bite down or when you encounter hot foods. You may also notice tenderness and swelling in nearby gums.
How does the procedure stop the infection?
A root canal treatment removes all the infected or dead tissue and cleanses the pulp chamber. We enter the pulp chamber through a small access hole created in the tooth’s biting surface. After tissue removal, we then “shape” and prepare the empty chamber and root canals (often with the aid of microscopic equipment) to be filled with a special filling. After filling, the tooth is then sealed to prevent re-infection (most often, we need to install a permanent crown at a subsequent visit for maximum protection).
How much pain can I expect during and after the procedure?
During the procedure, none — the tooth and surrounding gums are fully anesthetized before we begin the procedure. Afterward, you may experience mild discomfort for a few days that can be relieved with over-the-counter medications like aspirin or ibuprofen.
What’s the ultimate value for a root canal treatment?
The procedure can save a tooth severely damaged by the infection. Even covered by an artificial crown, a living tooth continuing to exist and function normally within the mouth is usually more conducive for optimum oral health than an artificial tooth replacement.
If you would like more information on root canal treatments, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Common Concerns About Root Canal Treatment.”
If you need a root canal, we can help at Highland Dental. Some people thing a root canal is something to fear, but root canal treatment is similar to having a cavity filled so there is nothing to fear at all. Root canal treatment can strengthen and restore infected or damaged teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted so you can keep your natural teeth. At Highland Dental, Dr. Michael Nguyen is your dentist for root canals in Smyrna, GA.
What is a Root Canal?
Root canals are more commonly referred to as root canal treatment by dental professionals because the procedure is actually a method for treating damaged or infected teeth. Root canal treatment is sometimes needed when an infection develops in the soft pulp at the center of a tooth. As the infection spreads down through the canals of the tooth into the root, it can cause an abscess to develop below the tooth. Without treatment, the infection can continue spreading to other areas of the mouth and infect other teeth.
Root canal treatment is used to remove all signs of infection from inside the tooth, as well as strengthen and restore the tooth so it can resume normal biting and chewing functions. The procedure for root canal treatment is quite similar to that of having a cavity filled. The dentist drills into the tooth and removes infected pulp from the center of the tooth, as well as from inside the root. After removing all signs of infection, the interior of the tooth and root is cleaned. Dental filling is then used to fill in the tooth and seal it.
Signs You Need a Root Canal
There are a few different signs you might need root canal treatment, which can help you avoid tooth extraction. Signs you need root canal treatment include:
- A persistent or severe toothache
- Sensitivity to hot and cold items
- Sharp pain when biting and chewing food
- Constant pressure or pain in the mouth
Benefits of a Root Canal
Root canal treatment offers several benefits. It saves teeth from being extracted, which means you get to keep your natural teeth rather than replacing them with artificial ones. Root canal treatment also prevents infection from spreading further and eliminates toothaches and mouth pain associated with the infected pulp. Finally, root canal treatment restores infected teeth and strengthens them so they can resume normal biting and chewing functions. In Smyrna, root canal treatment can be performed by Dr. Nguyen at Highland Dental.
Help is available if you need a root canal. Dr. Nguyen can examine your problem tooth to determine if it can be preserved and restored through root canal treatment. For root canals in Smyrna, GA, schedule an appointment with Dr. Nguyen by calling Highland Dental at (678) 305-9916.