Root Canal 101: What Your Dentist Wants You to Know

Root Canal 101 - What Your Dentist Wants You to Know
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Having a root canal doesn’t need to be a scary experience. The technology has changed the way this treatment is done, helping patients feel more comfortable during and after the root canal is complete. If you need a root canal, then our team will gladly explain the procedure and help you learn more about what to expect during the recovery.

Why is a Root Canal Recommended?

Why is the dentist recommending a root canal, instead of completing a regular filling? When the root of the tooth has become infected, the only solution is to use a root canal treatment to fix the tooth. Otherwise, an extraction is needed due to the infection.
There are times when the nerve or pulp in the tooth becomes abscessed, often causing serious pain and discomfort. Even though there is a severe infection in the inner portion of the tooth, it is possible to save the tooth by using a root canal treatment. We can help you determine when this treatment is required.

During the Root Canal Treatment

When you are in the dental chair, the treatment will start with a shot to numb the tooth and surrounding areas. Next, the tooth is prepared by drilling an opening so that the dentist can reach the root of the tooth. All of the decay and bacteria must be cleaned out, and special instruments can be used to fit in the canals of the tooth so that the nerve can be removed. Often, the inside of the tooth is cleaned, then a soothing medication is placed inside of the tooth before it is sealed and closed with a filling.

Once the root has been filled in, a regular filling can be placed on top to restore the shape and function of the tooth. It is also common for a crown to be required if a large portion of the tooth needed to be removed for the treatment.

Root Canal vs. Extraction

Why should you choose a root canal instead of extracting the tooth? If there is a possibility to save the structure of the natural tooth, then the best solution is to use the treatments that are available. Choosing extraction can lead to other dental complications in the future. Most root canal treatments offer long-term benefits that maintain the natural structure and function of your smile.

Recovery After a Root Canal

Even though the nerve has been removed, it is possible that you will feel a bit of pain and discomfort after the treatment is finished. It is common to feel some sensitivity in the area for a few days after the treatment. Once the inflammation goes down, then the discomfort will go away. Over the counter pain medication can be used to help if needed. The truth is that most people experience reduced pain because the infection has been removed.

At myDental, we are here to answer your questions about root canal treatments. If you are interested in learning more about the services that are offered in our offices, then you can schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations: Tech Ridge or Norwood Park.