Do you need to get a root canal due to decay, injury, or disease, and you're told that you need a root canal to save the tooth? If so, you may be wondering what is necessary to save the tooth. Here are some common questions about root canals that you're likely to have
What Is an Endodontist?
You may have heard your dentist say that you need to visit an endodontist. The difference between a dentist and an endodontist is that an endodontist specializes in root canal treatment. Their additional training gives them an expertise in identifying and fixing tooth-related pain that is often addressed with a root canal treatment, and could be out of your normal dentist's capabilities. However, there are general dentists that are also endodontists as well.
Why Is a Root Canal Necessary?
A dentist will recommend a root canal when they have noticed a tooth's pulp has become inflamed or infected. The pulp will need to be removed in order to stop the pain and discomfort that you are experiencing. If the tooth is left as is, that infection could spread to other parts of your mouth and can cause big problems as a result.
Do Root Canals Require Any Preparation?
The nice thing about a root canal is that it doesn't really require much preparation on your part. In some situations where you request dental sedation, you can take an oral medication at home that will help reduce your anxiety. Other than that, you just show up for your appointment.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
Your tooth will be numbed during the procedure so you don't feel anything, and a shield is placed around the tooth to keep it clean. An opening will be made in the tooth's crown to access the pulp chamber, which is filled with a disinfectant to remove debris and kill bacteria. Pulp is removed from the canals of the tooth with specialized instruments, and the canals are then filled and sealed. A temporary filling is placed on the tooth, and you'll return at a later date to have a crown placed on the tooth.
How Do You Monitor the Tooth After a Root Canal?
It's important to monitor the tooth after the root canal procedure. You should be looking out for increased visible swelling around your mouth, as well as pain that doesn't go away after a couple of days. If you have complications, reach out to your dentist for their assistance.
While the dental root canal can seem scary, It's worthwhile to talk to your dentist about the procedure.Share
6 January 2022
Being born with naturally soft teeth, I've spent a lot of time in and out of the dentist's office. Not only have I learned a lot about basic dental care, I've also discovered many tips for dealing with broken teeth, extractions, implants, and more. I decided that I wanted to make the most of my experience by sharing what I've learned with others. True first-hand experience is a great teacher, and I knew that my story could help. I created this site to do just that, and I hope that the information here helps you to understand what to expect from your dental problems.