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Uprooting the Dental Problem: Root Canal Treatment
If you suffer from tooth pain, it could very well be deep in the root canal. A number of Atlanta dental patients experience soreness around a tooth, but cannot pinpoint the problem. Here at Comprehensive Dentistry, we are specifically trained to know if a root canal treatment will help you with your persistent tooth pain. If a root canal is what you need, you are sure to get the relief you have been longing for.
When is Root Canal Treatment Needed?
Root canal treatment is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp is removed and the space is filled with a distinctive dental material in order to restore the full function of the tooth. The treatment is very successful.
A root canal treatment can be beneficial if:
- There is an abscess on the gums
- You have sensitivity to hot and cold
- You experience severe toothache pain
- You have swelling or tenderness of the gums.
What You Can Expect During the Procedure
To help you feel more at ease during the procedure, we have listed the steps of a root canal treatment for you. Root canals should not be feared, dental technology has come a long way in making the process easy and virtually painless. Patients should notice that it does typically take more than one dental appointment. The process is as follows:
Your tooth will be numbed while a rubber dam will be placed around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva.
An opening is made on the top of the tooth and a series of root canal files are placed into the opening. Pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria will be removed.
At the next appointment, the roots and the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed. A filling will be placed to cover the opening of the tooth. A crown (cap) will be placed over the tooth that had the root canal treatment. This is used to protect the tooth from breaking, and will also restore it to its full function.
After the root canal treatment, your tooth might be sensitive, but will get better as the inflammation lessens and the tooth has healed.
Good oral hygiene should be practiced on all teeth, including the tooth from the root canal treatment.
Most patients have found that root canal treatments entail little to no discomfort and are delighted to know that the restored tooth can last just as long as its healthy, original tooth.
If you suffer from tooth pain, visit our dentists at Comprehensive Dentistry as soon as possible. We guarantee that relief is in your near future!
So you came in to the dental office for an exam, and now you’ve been told you need a root canal. But you’re wondering: Do I really have to do this? I’ve heard all sorts of things about the procedure. What if I wait a while — would that be so bad?
The answer is: It just might! Whenever we dentists recommend a root canal procedure, we have good reasons for doing so. Here are the top five reasons why you shouldn’t delay getting this important treatment.
- The tooth is infected and dying; a root canal stops the infection. While the outer layers of the tooth are hard, the inner pulp is made of soft, living tissue. This tissue sometimes becomes infected (through deep decay, cracks in the tooth surface, etc.), and begins to die. Once that happens, treatment is needed right away — to stop the pain, control the infection, and keep it from spreading.
- Root Canal Treatment Alleviates Pain. That’s right: Root canal treatment doesn’t cause pain — it relieves it. The procedure is relatively painless, despite the old stories you might have heard. In fact, it’s not unlike having a cavity treated, though it may take a little longer. So if you’re experiencing tooth pain (a major symptom in most cases of root canal trouble), remember that the sooner you get it treated, the sooner you’ll be pain-free.
- It won’t get better on its own… If you ignore some things, they will go away. Root canal problems aren’t one of those things. In some cases, if you wait long enough, the pain will go away. But that’s not a good sign, because the problem won’t go away on its own; it simply means that the nerves inside the tooth are all dead. The infection continues to smolder like glowing coals in a fire.
- …But it could get worse. Left untreated, bacteria from the infected tooth pulp can travel through the roots of the tooth and into the tissue of the gums and jaw. That can cause a painful, pus-filled abscess to form, which will require urgent treatment. In extreme cases, It can also result in increasing systemic (whole-body) inflammation, potentially putting you at risk for more serious conditions, like heart disease and stroke.
- Root Canal Treatment Can Save the Tooth. If you neglect treatment of a root canal problem long enough, you’re at serious risk for losing the infected tooth. And tooth loss, once it starts, can bring on a host of other problems — like an increased risk of tooth decay on remaining teeth, as well as gum disease, bite problems… and, as oral health problems escalate, even more tooth loss. Why put yourself at risk?
If you would like more information about root canal treatment, call our office for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “A Step-By-Step Guide To Root Canal Treatment” and “Tooth Pain? Don’t Wait!”