1.What is a root canal?
A root canal is the treatment done inside the tooth usually due to inflammation or infection. This form of endodontic treatment removes the infected pulp, and the inside of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned. The tooth is filled and sealed to close the gap, and then a filling or crown is used to bring the tooth back to normal.
2.Why do I need a root canal treatment?
You need a root canal treatment to get rid of the inflamed or infected pulp. If you leave the infection untreated, you are more likely to develop an abscess and be in a lot of pain.
3. Why do I need to go to an Endodontist?
Many patients prefer going to an Endodontist who specializes in root canal treatments. In some cases, your dentist may be able to do the root canal as well. It all depends on the severity of the infection and the comfort of the patient.
4. Is a root canal treatment painful?
With all of the technology that we have access to now, a root canal treatment is not going to be extremely painful. Patients may have a bit of discomfort, but it is all worth it in the end. The root canal actually helps relieve the pain because it treats the infection that is causing pain inside the tooth.
5. Would an extraction be a better alternative?
Extractions are usually not the better alternative to a root canal because it involves getting rid of your natural tooth. A root canal is treatment on your original tooth, so you are able to get back to feeling and looking normal. Whereas, an extraction would need an artificial implant or bridge to regain the same effect. A root canal is also more cost effective, and it has a quicker healing and turn around time.
6. How long does a root canal take?
On average, a root canal procedure can take anywhere from 60-90 minutes. This can vary depending on the complexity of the procedure. After the procedure, on average it takes a few days to heal.
7. Can antibiotics heal an infected root canal?
Antibiotics can help in relieving some of the symptoms of an infected root canal, however it does not cure the infection as a whole. The antibiotics do not remove the source of the infection, therefore it is best to consult with your dentist.
8. What are the symptoms of an infected root canal?
Some symptoms of an infected root canal can include- but are not limited to- are pus discharge, pain/discomfort, and red and swollen tissue.
9. If the tooth isn’t bothering me, why do I need a root canal?
A certain portion of the population will have the nerve in a tooth die in response to bacteria or trauma without pain or swelling. In most instances, this does not pose an emergency or cause for immediate concern. However, leaving the problem long term can lead to swelling, pain or the spread of infection.