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Uncover the Truth About Root Canal Treatment

Are you afraid of seeking out treatment for tooth pain because you’re afraid that you will need to have a root canal? If so, you aren’t alone. Many people fear root canals because they don’t understand them. It’s important to understand that root canals treat tooth pain rather than cause it. They are also performed while you are under local anesthetic, so you won’t feel anything while your tooth is being worked on by your dentist. This helpful guide can help you fully understand why root canals are necessary, as well as the entire process of receiving this type of treatment.

Why Root Canals Are Sometimes Necessary

Inside of each of your teeth is a substance known as pulp. Root canals are recommended in cases where a patient has severely decayed, injured or infected tooth pulp. Issues with the tooth’s pulp can cause severe tooth pain. It can eventually lead to the loss of the tooth. Dentists frequently recommend a root canal to address the issue.

What to Ask Your Dentist About Root Canals

Before deciding that you need a root canal, your dentist will first have to examine your mouth. After this has happened, you can ask your dentist the following questions about root canals.

1. Should I have a root canal?
2. Will the treatment hurt?
3. Is there a different treatment I should pursue instead?
4. What is the root canal procedure like?
5. How long will it take before I am fully recovered?
6. Will you use anesthetic?
7. What are the risks of receiving a root canal?
8. How much does root canal treatment cost?
9. Are root canals covered by my dental insurance?
10. Will the procedure effect the strength of my tooth?

Symptoms that You May Need a Root Canal

You may be wondering how you can know whether you need a root canal. While the most common symptom is severe tooth pain, there are other signs that you need to be aware of. They include:

• Sensitive teeth and gums
• Severe or persistent tooth pain
• Red or swollen gums
• A bump on the gums
• Severe decay
• Tooth sensitivity to heat or cold
• Tooth discoloration

A Guide to the Root Canal Process

Having a solid understanding of what is going to happen during your root canal is one of the best ways to ease any anxiousness you may be feeling beforehand. This guide explains all of the steps of the procedure.

Step 1
You should contact your dentist at the first sign that you have an infection. These signs include redness, swelling, or tooth pain. Your dentist will then decide if a root canal is right for you.

Step 2
Your dentist will use an anesthetic to numb the affected tooth. He or she will then cut open the crown of the tooth so that there is access to the pulp.

Step 3
The tooth’s pulp will be taken out of the tooth and your dentist will thoroughly clean the inside of the tooth.

Step 4
Your dentist will shape the canals of the tooth with special tools. The canals are then filled with a special kind of filling that maintains the structure of the tooth.

Step 5
The dentist will close off the crown of the tooth with a temporary filling.

Step 6
After healing has taken place, you will return to the dentist so that a permanent crown can be put on the tooth. This prevents further decay or injury to the tooth from occurring.

What Happens After a Root Canal?

Once the procedure has been completed, you will need to take proper care of your mouth afterwards to ensure that you heal quickly and correctly. Our informative guide can assist you in knowing what you can do to promote a fully recovery.

What Does It Feel Like After a Root Canal?

Common symptoms reported by patients after their procedure include tingling and tenderness at the site of the root canal. Other symptoms are jaw tenderness and a sensation that the affected tooth is a little different than the surrounding teeth. Most symptoms resolve in a few weeks. You should be able to manage any symptoms with over-the-counter medications. Any severe pain or pressure should be reported to your dentist immediately.

Tips for Proper Healing

Your dentist will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions that unique to your specific case. You should follow these instructions carefully. If you have questions or concerns or have issues like severe discomfort, pain or any unusual reactions, contact your dentist’s office right away. The most common aftercare instructions given by dentists are:

1. To wait until after the anesthetic wears off before consuming food. This prevents injury to the mouth.
2. To refrain from chewing or biting in the area surrounding the site of the procedure.
3. To take pain medications exactly as directed by the dentist.
4. To use gentle brushing or flossing motions when you are brushing or flossing in the location around the affected tooth.
5. To call your dentist immediately if you have symptoms like pain, swelling, nausea or any sort of allergic reaction.

What Happens at Your Follow Up Appointment

The final step of the process is to return to your dentist’s office once everything has healed. This will allow your dentist to place a crown over the tooth. This crown will help prevent your tooth from falling victim to further decay or injury. While you may be tempted to skip this step, it’s important that you provide long-term protection to your tooth.

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