Root canals have had a bad reputation of sorts. A lot of people still think that root canals are horrendously painful, or that the trauma can get you a fever, or that an extraction is a way better option.
These are common myths, and misconceptions dentists have to deal with, according to the American Association of Endodontists.
“But root canal treatments have come a long way,” says Roseville prosthodontist Dr. Jefferson Clark. “Thanks to modern techniques, most root canal cases can be treated quickly and with very little pain.”
Dr. Clark, a specialist in aesthetic and reconstructive dentistry in his clinic in Roseville, also does a lot of root canal treatments.
“A lot of people seem to think that getting your tooth extracted is a far better option than going for a root canal,” says Dr. Clark. “But as much as possible, we always recommend that they go for a root canal treatment to save their natural tooth instead.”
A root canal procedure is also known as endodontic treatment, and while quite serious, it is a routine treatment option that specialists like Dr. Clark handle almost every day.
A root canal is quite possibly the best way to relieve serious tooth pain and make your tooth healthy again. “It’s all about saving your natural teeth,” stresses Dr. Clark. “Nothing feels or functions like your natural teeth, so when you have a chance to save it, you might want to take it.”
Dr. Clark says keeping your natural teeth allows you to bite and chew normally, as well as smile normally, and retain your normal sensation within your mouth. Furthermore, the wear and tear on your other teeth are reduced as they wouldn’t have to compensate for your missing (or replacement) tooth.
How does a root canal save my tooth?
Root canals are typically prescribed when the pulp, or the inside of your tooth, gets inflamed or infected.
This can happen for several reasons. But usually, it’s deep decay, or a crack or chip in the tooth, or maybe even faulty dental procedures.
Patients would complain about the pain and swelling, and in more serious cases, there might even be an abscess.
When a root canal treatment is done, what happens is:
- The inflamed/infected pulp is removed,
- The inside of the tooth is meticulously cleaned and disinfected,
- The space is filled and sealed with a special material,
- And the tooth is finally restored with a crown or filling for protection.
This way, your tooth is saved and will continue to function just like your other teeth.
Does a root canal hurt?
A root canal procedure isn’t any more painful or discomforting than any other routine dental treatment, like having a wisdom tooth extracted or having your cavities filled.
Anesthesia is administered at the start of the process, and you will feel the numbness well after the procedure.
You might feel a little sore or experience some mild discomfort for a few days, but your tooth and gums will heal just nicely, and you’ll be fine soon enough.
How do I know if I need a root canal?
Have you noticed some sensitivity or even some pain when you drink something hot or cold?
Sensitive teeth is an indication that the nerves are getting irritated, whether by bacteria or by food or drink seeping into your tooth.
Having your dentist thoroughly examine your gums and teeth when you experience this problem is very important. He’ll then let you know what your options are, and if a root canal is indicated in your particular case.
Roseville prosthodontist Dr. Clark at your service
Jefferson Lee Clark has been a part of Roseville’s community since 2008, and Dr. Clark’s hardworking team goes the extra mile to ensure your experience at the clinic is pleasant and worry-free.
Get in touch with the Jefferson Lee Clark clinic at 916.252.6677 and ask about your options about root canal treatments today.
(Source: American Association of Endodontists)