Like many dental procedures, root canals have erroneously developed something of a reputation for being far worse than they really are. In fact, root canals are an essential procedure used to help to save a damaged tooth, and prevent further health risks and complications. It can also potentially prevent costly future dental work.
The dentists at Unique Dental Care in North Attleboro, MA perform root canals to treat tooth infections and damage to the nerves (pulp) under the surface of the teeth that can cause pain and the death of permanent tissue. Root canal procedures are also know as endodontics.
Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canals
Q: Is it painful?
A: Not really. For patients at Unique Dental Care in North Attleboro, a root canal is usually no more painful or uncomfortable than having a cavity filled. When a root canal becomes necessary, the patient is most likely suffering from nerve damage to the tooth, which can cause moderate to severe pain. Treatment with a root canal actually relieves tooth pain.
Q: Why are they necessary?
A: Like other living organisms in the body, the teeth contain nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. When an infection or inflammation develops in this part of the teeth, a root canal is used to clear the infection, which if left untreated can lead to the formation of an abscess. Studies have shown that inflammation and infections in the gums and teeth can lead to complications and potential health risks in other parts of the body as well.
The most common causes of dental problems that lead to the need for endodontic treatment are severe tooth decay, where bacteria reaches the pulp of the tooth, and traumatic injuries such as an accident, where a chip or break in the tooth exposes an opening through which bacteria can funnel through to the nerves.
Q: How does the procedure work?
A: The procedure is fairly straightforward and typically completed in just one dental visit. The tooth and surrounding gum area are numbed, and the damaged and dead pulp tissue is removed through a small opening in the tooth. The area is then cleaned and disinfected, and filled with dental material, which is then sealed to prevent access of new bacteria. The entire process is quite similar to a standard dental filling.
Q: What is the recovery like?
A: Recovering from a root canal is similar to most standard dental procedures. Some patients experience temporary sensitivity in the tooth, which typically clears up within a few days of the procedure.
Q: How do I know if I need a root canal?
A: A dental exam will show whether the procedure is necessary. Persistent pain, swelling, or a throbbing sensation in the tooth should be examined immediately.
Contact a Dentist in North Attleboro
To learn more about root canal procedures, contact a dentist at Unique Dental Care at (508) 399-8800 to schedule an appointment for a dental exam today.