Answers to your root canal worries make it easier

12th September 2019 | Posted by: SpaDental Administrator

Sometimes just the phrase ‘root canal’ worries patients. A root canal filling is a dental procedure that does have a reputation for hurting. But actually it’s not the treatment that hurts – it’s usually the pain before the treatment that is the problem. Root canal therapy will actually solve your pain and even save your tooth. It can help turn a damaged tooth into a functioning pain-free tooth again.
root canal worries for a grroup of five people with dental pain

Why do I need a root canal filling?

Patients usually notice symptoms such as: increased sensitivity, swelling around the margin where the tooth meets the gum, or the pain and swelling of an abscess.

Having root canal treatment takes care of infection, and prevents it from spreading to other healthy tissues. When discussing treatment and alternatives, your dentist will explain the likelihood that the tooth can be saved. The most common alternative to a root canal filling to treat infection deep in the tooth is extraction.

Understand the procedure (no more root canal worries!)

At the first appointment patients will notice that there’s more patient preparation than there would be for a regular filling. The appointment is longer too. As the dentist will clean out infection that’s taken hold in the soft pulp of the tooth, where nerves and blood supply are, extra precautions prevent further infection.

The procedure during the second appointment is similar, although not as intensive, and should not last as long.

a diagram to show root canal worries

Care after root canal fillings:

Short term care:

Long term care:

 

POSTED IN: Crown, Filling, Root Canal






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