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What You Need to Know About Root Canals
Millions of teeth are treated and saved each year with root canal therapy. During a root canal, the inflamed or infected pulp is carefully removed and the inside of the tooth where the pulp originally was, is carefully cleaned and disinfected. Once the inside of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, the tooth is then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha.
Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.
You see, once a tooth is fully grown, it actually has very little need for the internal workings of the tooth like the nerve and the pulp. This means that after root canal therapy, your tooth can function just like it had never happened in most situations.
Root canals have a reputation for being extremely painful, but the truth of the matter is that the pain associated with root canals is typically caused by all of the factors leading up to the procedure.
The things that put someone in a situation where they need a root canal can definitely cause a great deal of pain. If the person performing that root canal has the necessary experience and a steady hand, the pain level should be similar to that of a routine filling.
The easiest way to find out if you need a root canal is by having an exam done by an honest, experienced dentist, or an endodontist. Simply click below, or call our office to request an appointment with Dr. Drew today!
Is a Root Canal Painful?
How to Minimize the Pain and Discomfort
Depending on your personal circumstance, a root canal can often be done in one visit, and contrary to common belief can be done with very minimal discomfort. While it is one of the most feared dental procedures it should not be. Here are some things you should be looking for in order to minimize the pain of root canal therapy:
Make the Best of Your Situation Before the Procedure
As we mentioned above, the majority of the pain associated with root canals are symptoms of the things that make it so you need a root canal. Proper preparation and care will significantly minimize the discomfort leading up to, and at the time of the procedure. Ask a dentist about the best ways to get out of pain before a root canal procedure.
Find Someone with the Right Experience
A root canal is a complex procedure. There are many aspects to minimizing pain before, during and after the procedure. Finding a dentist with the right experience is crucial if you want to minimize the pain that you experience during the treatment. Dr. Drew has a lot of experience when it comes to root canals, but he definitely knows when to refer cases out to a specialist for the benefit of the patient.
Use an Endodontic Specialist When Necessary
While we understand that having a root canal done by your general dentist is often less expensive, it is important to understand that there are situations where you should see an endodontist. An endodontist has attended additional school in order to be able to perform complex endodontic procedures. At our office, we will always let you know if seeing an endodontist is a good idea for your situation!
Find Someone with Excellent Equipment
Part of making sure that your root canal is successful and that you endure minimal pain is having the right equipment. If a dentist has the right experience and equipment, a root canal can be almost painless. At Oxford Dental Care, we keep our equipment and training up-to-date to make sure that we can provide optimal dental services to our patients.
Looking for an Endodontist or a Dentist Who is Great at Root Canals?
Why Oxford Dental Care is an Excellent Option
Many of the procedures considered to be cosmetic dentistry require removal of natural teeth or part of the natural tooth. This is not always an ideal scenario. There are often options that can achieve your desired results while keeping your natural teeth.
Dr. Drew always leans toward helping you keep as many of your natural teeth as possible while still accomplishing your desired look. If you have a certain look that you would like to achieve, or if you would like to get some ideas on what can be done to help you be more confident in your smile. Call our office today at (208)529-0420 to schedule a consultation or request a consultation by clicking the button below!