You’ve asked and we’re going to answer some of most common questions we get about Root Canal Treatment …
Keep reading to find out… What is a root canal? What are the symptoms? How can I avoid needing a root canal? And … is it gonna hurt?
Now, let’s dig in!
The term “root canal” is used to refer to two different things:
Today we’re going to talk about the dental procedure or root canal treatment.
It’s simple … after your nerve has been exposed to bacteria from a crack, or has become permanently inflamed, a root canal is an attempt to save your tooth (and get you out of pain!!).
Root canal treatment is necessary when a tooth is badly decayed or seriously infected. To protect the tooth, the nerve and its surrounding tooth pulp are removed, and the tooth is permanently sealed shut. The interior of the tooth is left virtually resistant to future decay.
Plain and simple … INFECTION from DECAY can cause your tooth to need a root canal treatment.
Here are the two main causes:
Sometimes, a person may be disregarding the symptoms for quite a while. After all, it takes some time for this type of infection to take root. That’s why it’s important to schedule regular dental exam appointments.
In other cases, a person may show no symptoms.
IMPORTANT: if you’re experiencing tooth pain, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Roberts immediately!!
Sometimes you may feel intense tooth pain that makes you think you need root canal treatment, but the pain is a symptom of another problem requiring a different treatment. Such as:
Here are some common causes and how to avoid needing a root canal:
Failure to Brush or Floss Regularly
Prevention is key! The most important thing you can do each day (we suggest twice a day) to avoid tooth decay is brushing your teeth.
Root canals and cavities are prevented the same way, by brushing regularly. Brushing will interrupt the development of bacteria that turns into plaque. Flossing is vital as well, because it helps clean out hard-to-reach areas in between your teeth.
Forgetting to Visit the Dentist
Millions of people face some trepidation about going to the dentist. At Adams Dental Group in Kansas City, KS, we make it easy for you. A caring, experienced dental team can help spot early warning signs of infection and other issues you might not notice on your own. Catching a cavity early, before it leads to infection, is one of the easiest ways to avoid a root canal treatment.
Long-Term Gum Disease
Gum Disease, also referred to as “periodontal disease” is a long-term infection process. Attacking the soft tissue that supports, binds, and provides blood flow to the teeth. If you have symptoms like discoloration or bleeding in your gums, it could mean gum disease, which can spread throughout your entire mouth and needs attention immediately.
During a root canal procedure, the infected nerve and pulp are simply removed. Then, the tooth’s interior is cleaned and permanently sealed. A crown is then placed on top of the affected tooth to make sure it maintains its proper function — chewing.
Yes, you’ll need a dental crown after your root canal treatment. A crown, is a tooth-shaped cap that will be placed over a root canal-treated tooth at your next appointment (usually a week later). It will protect the remaining tooth structure and continue the function of the molar teeth, which is chewing food. This will also guard against any tooth pain in the future.
Want to know more about the nuts and bolts of dental crowns? Click here.
It’s thought to be severely painful procedure; however, it can be less painful than having a cavity filled. The real pain you experience is typically BEFORE you get a root canal treatment done. After your procedure, you will be OUT of Pain!
After a root canal, be sure to follow a regular oral care routine to maintain your crown and avoid future issues. If you notice increased tooth sensitivity after a root canal, try using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste designed specifically for sensitive teeth.
We hope we’ve answered some of your questions about getting a root canal treatment; however, if you have additional questions … we’d love to answer them too! Please contact our office at 913-296-8030. Of course, if you’re in pain from a toothache or think you need a root canal treatment, please let us know that you’re in pain when you call us, so we can schedule your appointment as a dental emergency and get you in immediately!
Local dentist, Travis A. Roberts and his experienced, friendly team at Adams Dental Group offer affordable family dentistry and gentle dental care in the Kansas City, KS area. We are conveniently located a few minutes East of The Legends Outlets and offer appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At Adams Dental Group, we provide most dental services, from family and general dentistry to specialty procedures, including dental implants, dentures, root canal treatment, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, SureSmile invisible aligners, treatment options for sleep apnea and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Call us at (913) 296-8030 to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Travis A. Roberts, DDS January 7th, 2020
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