Will my root canal hurt?
Root canals are performed to relieve the pain of toothaches. Our endodontists have a deep understanding of pain management and use modern techniques along with anesthetics to keep you as comfortable as possible during your procedure. Most patients report little to no pain during the procedure. Your tooth may feel sensitive for several days after the procedure. Over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen are typically enough to manage any pain. If you experience any pressure or pain that lasts more than a few days, contact your endodontist immediately.
Will I need additional treatment after my root canal?
A root canal is one important step in regaining full function of your tooth. It is often necessary to have a final restoration of the affected tooth. Contact your dentist to schedule your appointment after your root canal procedure is completed.
What is endodontic therapy?
Endodontic therapy is the removal of a damaged or infected pulp. Following removal, the root canals and pulp chamber are thoroughly cleaned, filled with strengthening filler and sealed with a temporary covering.
Who provides endodontic treatment?
All dentists receive some endodontic training. However, endodontic specialists are dentists who limit their practice to endodontic procedures. They complete an additional two years of post-graduate training in endodontics following dental school. After passing a sequence of exams, these specialists are designated board certified by the American Board of Endodontics.
What are the advantages of endodontic therapy?
In terms of functionality, there is no real substitute for your natural tooth. Endodontic therapy is significant because it is designed to save a tooth that otherwise would have to be removed.
What causes the pulp to become damaged?
The pulp can become damaged due to periodontal disease and as a result of a traumatic injury. However, the most common reasons for pulp damage are extreme decay and a fracture that exposes the pulp to bacteria that stimulate infection.
Is endodontic therapy painful?
A local anesthetic is applied to ensure that you experience little to no pain during the procedure.
How long will the tooth last?
Although the tooth is more fragile, with a proper restoration, along with daily brushing, flossing, routine follow-ups and a healthy diet, the tooth may last a lifetime.
Can endodontic therapy save all teeth?
Unfortunately, not every tooth can be saved. If there is adequate bone support and the canals are accessible and can be thoroughly cleaned and sealed, the treatment can be performed.
What alternatives are available?
The only other option is to remove the tooth. Extraction can stimulate the formation of periodontal disease and additional tooth loss. Failure to replace an extracted tooth will cause the adjacent teeth to shift and negatively impact chewing and biting.