A root canal is a dental treatment like a cavity filling, except the decay is removed from the pulpy interior of the tooth. Sometimes the interior of a tooth in the roots where the nerves and blood vessels are located becomes decayed. This can cause quite a bit of pain if the nerves are affected. In many cases, interior decay is only visible with dental X-rays. Root canal treatment used to have a reputation for being painful, but modern advances in dental technology and techniques have made root canals painless.
If you have internal tooth decay that requires a root canal, you may experience:
The steps of a root canal are very similar to cavity fillings. The first thing Dr. Burquez will do is thoroughly numb your teeth, gums and other soft tissue first with a topical analgesic then with an injected local anesthetic.
Once you are numb, Dr. Burquez will use special tools to access the pulpy interior of the affected tooth and remove any decay and debris.
Once any decay has been removed, Dr. Burquez will fill the tooth with a special composite material and sealant to prevent any further decay.
Finally, he will fit a crown onto the affected and weakened tooth to protect it from any further damage.
Your teeth and mouth will be numb for several hours following a root canal. You may find that an over the counter pain killer will help with any discomfort or sensitivity following the root canal treatment. You will want to gently brush and floss your teeth as you normally do following a root canal.
Most patients don’t experience much pain at all, but if you experience any extreme pain or swelling in the days following a root canal procedure, be sure to contact Dr. Burquez as soon as possible.
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