When your dentist says “Root Canal,” you shouldn’t feel like you need to wince at the thought of pain. Root canal therapy is a common procedure done in dental offices and can actually restore your tooth back to health so that it doesn’t need to be extracted. At Sana Dental, we offer root canal therapy to patients who require them to save their tooth. Find out more about root canal therapy in Edmonton, AB from your dentist at Sana Dental.
Why Are Root Canals Needed?
If you hear that you need a root canal, you might be wondering exactly why. Root canals are a procedure used when the nerve of your tooth becomes infected and inflamed. Infection and inflammation are usually caused by cracks or breaks in a tooth or another type of injury that occurred to your tooth. In some cases, it can be caused by an untreated cavity. The first sign that you may need a root canal is that your gums are swollen near the tooth, you have a sensitivity to hot or cold liquids, or your gums feel tender. If you suspect your tooth is infected, our dentist will examine you to determine if a root canal is necessary for the health of your tooth.
Without treatment, infection and inflammation of your tooth can lead to even bigger problems. For example, you can experience bone loss in your jaw where the tooth root rests. You may also experience swelling in your face, neck or head as well as drainage from your tooth root. The infection can also spread to other areas of your body like your lungs or heart, resulting in a fatality. It’s important to see your dentist as soon as possible if you suspect you have an infected tooth.
Who is a Candidate for Root Canal Therapy?
Before root canal therapy is given, our dentist will need to verify that you are a candidate for root canal therapy. A patient who has a tooth infection is usually a candidate for a root canal. Symptoms include increased sensitivity to hot or cold, swelling around the tooth, crack in the tooth with pain, blisters on gums, tooth injury that is visible, swelling in the head, face, or neck, and odd tooth coloring. Our dentist will find the cause of your tooth infection and determine if a root canal will be enough to salvage your tooth. Min most cases, yes, a root canal can save your tooth.
The Root Canal Procedure
The procedure for root canals is not a difficult one. It begins with our dentist in Edmonton numbing up your mouth. Once you no longer have feeling in your mouth, he will begin to drill into your tooth to reach the root canal. From there, he will remove the infected pulp from the tooth as well as the nerve. Once the canal is cleaned out and is free of infection, our dentist will seal up your tooth with a composite filling. Lastly, he will have a dental crown made to protect your tooth from further harm. This procedure is safe and will prevent you from needing an extraction.
Root Canal Pain
Most patients will ask us how much a root canal will hurt. This is a common misconception. The procedure itself does not hurt, it is the infection in the tooth that causes most patients pain. We do everything in our power to ensure that your procedure is pain-free. We apply a numbing jelly to your gums before we give you the numbing injection so that you don’t feel the injection.
If you suffer from dental anxiety, it might be best to bring this up with our dentist before your procedure. We can provide you with some sort of sedation dentistry method to help you feel more comfortable with your procedure. This usually involves us providing you with a prescription that will help you feel relaxed during your procedure.
Root canals can take a few hours which means your mouth will be open that long. We understand that this can be uncomfortable which is why we are here to give our patients everything they need to feel comfortable during their procedure. You may experience some stiffness or soreness in your jaw or mouth following the procedure from keeping your mouth open. If you undergo a more severe treatment, we may provide you with prescription pain relievers to help with the pain, otherwise over the counter pain relievers can do the trick. Please let us know if you experience any significant pain.
What Should I Expect After Root Canal Therapy?
After your procedure, you can expect to feel a bit of pain or discomfort in your mouth. This is normal. If this pain persists longer than a few days, you should let your dentist know. This may indicate a problem in your mouth.
We suggest that patients avoid chewing near the affected tooth and stick with soft foods until their permanent restoration is put in place, or a dental crown. We don’t want you to break your filling while we wait for your dental crown to return to the lab which is why it’s important to be careful when eating. We also recommend that patients avoid eating any sticky, chewy or crunchy foods that may harm the filling. Eat soft foods until you receive your restoration and until you are completely out of pain.
Does a Root Canal Kill My Tooth?
When you receive a root canal, the nerve and pulp are removed; therefore your tooth is no longer alive. This shouldn’t concern you though. This just means that your tooth won’t feel pain again.
Schedule Your Root Canal in Edmonton Today
If you suspect that you have an infected tooth, don’t wait around. Give our dental office in Edmonton a call to schedule an appointment with our dentist to find out what’s causing your dental pain. Give us a call or fill out our online form to get into touch with us today.