What is a root canal?
A root canal, also known as endodontic treatment, is used to clear an infection of the soft tissue inside of a tooth.
Are root canals painful?
Because of advances in treatment, technology, and medication, root canals are now no more painful than other oral health treatments. Popular culture has played a significant role in perpetuating the idea that root canals are akin to dental torture, but that simply is not true.
In fact, the idea that pain is central to a root canal procedure is because of the pain that patients find themselves in prior to the treatment. Infections in the dental pulp inside of a tooth can be quite painful, causing generalized, radiating pain to sensitivities when eating and drinking.
The truth of the matter is that root canals are necessary dental procedures that relieve pain, resolve infections, and protect teeth against further bacteria and issues.
What happens during a root canal?
The first step of a root canal is the diagnosis. When you come in to visit the team at Garine Prosthodontics, we will examine your mouth and analyze the particular tooth that may be causing you trouble. We may order a digital X-ray to examine the extent of the infection, analyze darkened teeth or sores on the gums, examine pain brought on by pressure, and other methods.
If we determine that a root canal is the best course of action, we will refer you to our trusted specialist.
Why are root canals important?
Root canals are important because they are one of the most powerful treatments available to help preserve your existing teeth. Even with the dental advancements today, your original teeth are your best tools for oral health. When there is an infection inside of your tooth, you are in danger of losing that tooth. Root canals clear the infection, medicate the inside of your tooth, and fill the tooth root so that infections cannot take root in the future.
It is particularly important not to put off a root canal if you suspect you may need one. The sooner you have a root canal procedure, the sooner you may be free from pain and infection.
If you are experiencing pain, sensitivity, or other sudden issues with one or more teeth, do not hesitate to contact our office. We will set up a diagnostic appointment to help you get on your way to feeling better again. Call us at your earliest convenience!