Common Concerns About Root Canal

If you have been recommended a root canal, you are among the vast majority of people who have this surgery performed to restore and preserve their teeth. However, having a root canal may elicit terrible tales from friends and family. Suppose you are even somewhat nervous about seeing your dentist with the chance of having a root canal. In that case, you may benefit from some advice about what to anticipate during this routine procedure. Let’s explore some of the common concerns about Root Canal Therapy.


What is a Root Canal?


The root canal is the natural cavity in the tooth’s core chamber and has many nerves and nutrients. On the tooth’s exterior, underneath the hard enamel, lies a second tough layer of tissue called dentin, protecting the tooth from decay.


The root canal is the central component of this intricate construction. Each tooth may have many root canals, which link to one another and to the tooth's surface to create a matrix of support inside the tooth structure and are interdependent for dental health.



Why is a root canal necessary?


When the central pulp within the tooth gets infected, it gets crucial to extract it. Infection and inflammation in the center of the tooth might arise due to decay throughout the tooth, a fracture or chip in the tooth, and several dental treatments performed on that tooth. If the infection is not treated, it often leads to discomfort and may develop into an abscess.


The only solution that is left is undergoing a root canal treatment. If left untreated, the infection will develop into the tooth's primary roots and maybe into the jawbone, necessitating further oral surgery.


Pain while undergoing the treatment? 


Having a root canal is no more unpleasant than having a filling placed. This procedure helps to alleviate the excruciating pain associated with an infected tooth. The surrounding region will be numbed throughout the procedure, providing you with a pain-free experience.


Pain After the surgery?


Following treatment, you may suffer some tooth sensitivity, particularly if you had a serious infection before the operation. This problem may be treated with over-the-counter drugs, dental guidance, and even popular home treatments to alleviate discomfort and encourage recovery. There is always a chance that the tooth may feel somewhat different when you are eating, but this is typical owing to the soreness around the tooth, the new filling or crown, and the fact that you are not avoiding using the teeth as you would have done when there was pain. However, if you have persistent pain, swelling, or other indicators of disease, an immediate dental visit is advised. 


Is a root canal procedure preferable to tooth extraction?


Because an infected tooth might result in other dental issues, prompt treatment is critical. Otherwise, the affected tooth might have to be extracted. While bridges and implants may be used to restore missing teeth, nothing beats saving the natural tooth through successful root canal surgery. Additionally, a root canal is less expensive than an extraction followed by the placement of an implant or bridge to replace the tooth.


Additionally, if you have more concerns, please get in touch with our dentists for a full brief about Root Canal Therapy.


Contact your Lafayette dentist, Dr. Massood Darvishzadeh, DDS at Lafayette Dental Group today to learn more about Root Canal.




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