A root canal treatment is designed to eliminate bacteria from an infected or damaged tooth root canal to prevent further infection and save the current tooth. The goal is to remove all bacteria and seal the nerve system to prevent further bacteria growth.
Root Canal Explained
Teeth have a system of nerves in their roots, commonly organized into one or more canals (i.e., the tooth nerves sit in the tooth’s root canals). Often, damaged or dead nerves are painless but can become infected. Nerve damage is commonly diagnosed by an inability to feel temperature or electrical stimulation and/or sensitivity to biting and finger pressure- just to name a few. If you have nerve damage in any capacity, your dentist may need to assess your gum condition and take a few x-rays.
3 Things You Need to Know About a Root Canal
1. Just because you don’t have pain, doesn’t mean you don’t need a root canal
With an infection of a tooth’s pulp, it may be painful at first. However, once the pulp starts to die and the infection progresses usually the pain starts to subside- weird right?! Just because there is less pain in your tooth, doesn’t mean you are healed. In fact, you may experience other symptoms such as oozing or face swelling.
2. Antibiotics aren’t always the ‘magic solution’
While antibiotics may help with the infection, for the time being, it doesn’t completely solve the issue of a damaged or infected pulp. Antibiotics work by reaching the site of the infection through your blood and mislead patients to think their tooth is fixed. However, because of where the bacteria lies in the root canal system, antibiotics can’t reach where the infection is located.
3. A root canal procedure isn’t something to worry about
Many patients, like myself, stress and worry about an invasive oral procedure. However, a root canal is designed to alleviate pain, not cause it. Before the root canal procedure, your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding area. The entire procedure shouldn’t cause too much pain or discomfort- think of it as a cavity filling! If you don’t trust your doctor or would like a second opinion, contact NoBull Dental to find a qualified dentist to fit your needs and values.
Remember, protect your smile and visit your dentist bi-yearly. While we all don’t enjoy sitting in a dental chair, visiting the dentist regularly is a preventative measure that could save you time, money and hassle in the long run.