Many people fear a root canal, more than any other procedure at the dentist. There’s lots of inaccurate info, so we’re here to dispel the myths.
Root Canal Treatment and Pain
Your tooth that needs a root canal already hurts. The infected pulp, broken tooth or a nerve that is dying are irreversible conditions. That’s why root canals are done, and the pain goes away afterwards. The anaesthetic makes the treatment itself pain-free for most people. Pills or IV sedation are available for anyone who is especially nervous.
It will take one or two visits to the dentist to sort out your root canal treatment. How long you will be in the dentist chair depends on:
- how extensive the infection
- the shape and size of the tooth
After the root canal is finished, you will need your tooth restored. That separate appointment will protect your tooth so it functions normally for the long term.
Pain Before A Root Canal
A tooth that requires treatment is not always in pain. So, sometimes treatment prevents tooth infections.
During your routine checkup a tooth demonstrates it died, or is dying. Tests confirm the dead tooth so there is no guessing.
- temperature tests
- percussion tests
- pulp vitality machine tests
Long Term Benefits of Root Canals
It is critical that you have your tooth properly restored after the root canal is finished. After the elimination of the blood supply, the tooth is brittle. Breaking a tooth that lacks restoration is easy. Grinding your teeth, chewing or talking could do it. However, once the tooth is restored, it functions like your other teeth.
Tooth pain does not magically disappear. If your tooth hurts, call us at Brandon Dental Care we can help. If you need a root canal, we will make sure the procedure is as painless as possible. Also, we offer IV or tablets for sedation if you are nervous about the procedure.