Save you tooth with a root canal.
Just the thought of getting a root canal gives you sweaty palms? We understand you!
A root canal becomes necessary when the dental pulp, the soft tissue at the center of the tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels, is infected. This procedure can save your tooth and can help regain its natural function, which is eating without having pain.
You must have several questions… concerns. Here are the answers to the questions that are usually asked when we discuss this procedure at the Spa dentaire Laurier.
How do I know if I need a root canal?
Here are the symptoms that you could have and that indicate the necessity of a root canal:
- You feel a persistent, and sometimes throbbing, pain in your tooth (when you can feel your heart beat in your tooth)
- You have a fever.
- You notice that your cheek, your jaw or your gums are swelling.
- You have a bad taste in your mouth or have a bad breath.
Another sign that your dentist can recognize, is the presence of a dental abscess. It is a collection of puss that develops at the tip of the dental root. The abscess is caused by a bacterial infection from a deep cavity or from a shock.
Your body will attempt to fight the abscess, which will create a potentially painful pressure.
If the abscess is not treated, it can spread, which can have serious consequences for your health.
Can a dental abscess heal without a root canal treatment?
A dental abscess will unfortunately not heal on its own; it is a serious infection that must be treated as soon as possible so that it can affect you as little as possible.
The antibiotics can only control the infection. Why? Because it is impossible for antibiotics to be effective in the tooth and that is where the site of the infection is located.
Will I feel any pain during the dental procedure?
If your tooth is hurting, it is usually preferable to start by controlling the dental abscess with antibiotics. Once the discomfort goes away, the chances of having a painless root canal are very good!
What is going to happen during the procedure?
For the dentist, the first step of the root canal is to numb your tooth and make a little hole to have access to the inside, kind of like a coconut. Then, the dentist will remove the infected tissues, rinse and clean the center of the tooth. After the root canal is cleaned, it will be filled with a special sealer.
Will I feel any pain after the procedure?
If you are nervous at the idea of feeling pain, relax. A root canal will make you feel better, not worse.
The anti-inflammatory drugs available at the pharmacy, like «Ibuprofen », are often required after this procedure to control certain discomforts during the following days, but the pain is usually less intense after the procedure, than it was before the procedure.
Why not simply remove my tooth?
Removing your tooth may seem like the easiest and cheapest alternative, but keeping your tooth is often the best option.
When a tooth is lost, the negative impacts are not limited to the space that is created and to the discomfort that comes with it. It can also cause problems to the teeth that are located beside and in front of the lost tooth.
When a tooth is lost, the structure of your mouth begins to change if the space in your mouth is not closed:
- The area where the tooth was lost and the teeth that are nearby will face a lack of support from the bone and the gum.
- The surrounding teeth may shift into the space created.
- The evolution of these changes may disturb the way you chew, which can lead to discomforts and to a premature aging of the remaining teeth.
As your teeth shift, each of these consequences complicate not only your oral health, but also complicate the solutions used to fix this situation.
What if I replaced my tooth?
Replacing your tooth by an artificial one also has disadvantages. You must know that a root canal is usually a better option than extracting the tooth and placing a bridge or an implant.
The root canal is done; is my tooth now saved?
When a tooth has been severely damaged by a cavity, it needs a post and a “one-visit crown” to gain back its original appearance and function.
How long will my tooth last after that?
In medicine, we are forced to admit that there are no always and no nevers. We hope that your tooth that has had a root canal, a post and a “one-visit crown” will last for the rest of our life. However, some teeth will not have that chance. We recommend that you speak with your dentist about your situation.