Do you suspect that you need a root canal? Or has your dentist told you that you need to have a root canal performed and you are unsure of what that is or why it would be beneficial to you?
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a dental treatment that has saved countless people in the past from having to lose their teeth over time. Having a root canal treatment done on your damaged tooth can relieve the pain you have been experiencing and also keep your smile completely intact. By having a root canal done and saving your damaged tooth, you don’t need to worry about having a gap in your smile or needing to fill that gap with another dental treatment.
Having a root canal becomes necessary when there is inflammation or infection in a tooth caused by a variety of factors, which can include repeated dental procedures being performed on the same tooth, deep decay, faulty crowns or the tooth becoming cracked or chipped. If a tooth experiences trauma, it can become damaged even if there are no visible signs of an issue present. However, inflammation or infection will lead to a large amount of discomfort and pain.
Root Canal Benefits
The benefits of having a root canal include the fact that it is a huge relief from the pain a patient has been experiencing in the affected tooth. After the tooth has been restored, it goes on to function just as efficiently as any other tooth.
The patient, after their root canal, will experience a normal biting sensation or force, as well as be able to chew as efficiently. The restored tooth has a natural appearance and it even protects surrounding teeth from being too strained or worn over time.
What are the Warning Signs?
You may need a root canal if you have a tooth that is experiencing pain when pressure is put on it, and if the tooth is abnormally sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, an uncomfortable sensation that lingers after the extreme temperature is no longer present.
But aren’t they painful?
Root canals have a bit of a bad reputation for being painful—however, the treatment is actually painless. The pain that people who have experienced a root canal in the past are referring to is pain caused by the infection itself, not the treatment.
The treatment’s purpose is to relieve pain, which is the effect it has after the procedure is over. Any discomfort experienced by the patient is a result of the infection that is in their tooth.
A High Degree of Success
Root canals have a success rate of 95%, and the cases in which the procedure fails, it is not due to the dentist not filling the tooth properly. Usually, such failure only occurs in patients who did not have the crown fitted on their tooth recommended by their dentist, and the tooth ends up breaking as a result.
The only way to determine whether a root canal is necessary is by having a dentist examine your tooth. If you are experiencing tooth pain and discomfort, contact Dr. Goldenberg so we can properly diagnose your condition and make the right recommendation for you.