Root Canals Reduce Pain and Save Teeth
Root canals can treat an infection or inflammation, due to damage or decay, that affects the pulp inside of the tooth. Painless root canal treatments help to save a natural tooth from extraction and relieve pain related to the inflammation or infection. Saving a tooth with a root canal can protect other teeth from excessive wear and may also improve chewing and biting force. R+R Dental offers root canals in Hicksville, NY.
How is a Root Canal Performed?
The primary goal of a root canal is to treat, repair, and save a severely damaged or infected tooth. Dr. Richer or Dr. Rivera will administer a local anesthetic to numb the tooth. If you’ve never had dental anesthesia, you may feel a small pinch and minimal discomfort. The anesthetic works quickly, and your dentist will make sure you cannot feel anything before proceeding.
Next, your dentist will use a small drill and other small tools to access the inside of your tooth where the pulp is located. Once the damaged pulp is removed, the tooth will be cleaned and disinfected to avoid further infection.
Once the area is clean and dry, a temporary filling is applied. You will have a follow-up appointment so your dentist can apply a permanent crown to the tooth. Depending on how damaged the natural tooth is, your dentist may have to perform more procedures. The crown is strong and will protect your tooth from further damage.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
A root canal is a preferred treatment as it saves the natural tooth and maintains overall health and balance in the mouth. Sometimes, a root canal is not the best option for treating a damaged tooth. If a tooth is deemed too damaged, an extraction may be the only choice.
If you suspect you may need a root canal, your tooth will get an x-ray so that our dentists can see the extent of the damage. If the pulp shows signs of inflammation or infection, you may benefit from having a root canal.
How Will I Know If I Need a Root Canal?
Visiting R+R Dental and getting an x-ray is the best way to know if you need a root canal, but you may feel or see some signs before you visit us. Some common signs that often indicate an inflamed or infected pulp in the tooth include a severe toothache, swelling or tenderness in the gums, painful chewing, discoloration of the tooth, and sensitivity to temperatures.
It’s important to note that even if you don’t feel a lot of pain or see visible cracks or damage to your tooth, the pulp in your tooth may be damaged and need to be repaired.
Do Root Canals Hurt?
For decades, a root canal has often (and unfairly) been viewed as a painful procedure. While it may have been an uncomfortable process years ago, advances in dental technology have made getting a root canal as common and pain-free as a basic filling.
The caring and professional staff at R+R Dental strive to make each patient’s experience as comfortable and pain-free as possible. Despite the myth that a root canal is one of the most painful dental procedures, it is no more painful than getting a filling for a cavity. An anesthetic is applied to the affected tooth so that you can be comfortable during the procedure.
Caring for Your Teeth After a Root Canal
Although the dentists at R+R Dental make your restored tooth as healthy and strong as possible, it’s up to you to take care of your teeth after a root canal. Good oral hygiene habits are essential to your dental health, and it’s never too late to start taking care of your teeth.
Adopting a daily routine of brushing twice a day and flossing can not only help to keep your restored tooth healthy and clean but can also prevent future dental problems.
It’s also important to avoid chewing on hard foods, such as ice or hard candies. Over time, they can damage teeth, causing cracks, and make it easy for the pulp to become infected or inflamed.
Aside from practicing healthy oral care, one of the best things you can do is have regular checkups and cleanings at R+R Dental. With regular visits, we can help to stop dental problems from getting worse and make sure your restored tooth is as strong and healthy as it was the day of the root canal.