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Root Canals

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Learn more about our root canals services and how they can benefit you.

The two words that most patients hope to never hear are “root canal.” Most patients fear root canals because they have heard stories about pain and the difficulty of treatment.

The truth, however, is that having a root canal should not be painful and is no more difficult than having a filling. In fact, having a root canal will likely relieve many of the painful symptoms that come along with a serious infection. Root canal treatment can actually save your tooth.

Millions of teeth are saved using root canals each year, relieving patients from pain and restoring their smiles. The root canal or endodontic treatment is used to repair and, in turn, save an infected and/or decayed tooth or teeth.

Using a root canal procedure to conserve a tooth may provide you with many benefits to your oral health. Some of these benefits include a restored chewing and biting force, restored sensation, a more natural appearance, and protection from further damage or infection.

How does root canal treatment work? At Smile Dental Implant Center, we will perform a full evaluation to make sure that a root canal is the right treatment for you.

Our team will anesthetize your tooth so that your treatment is pain-free. Once your tooth is numb, we will access the root canals inside your tooth and remove the infection and damaged tissue inside. Then, we will clean and sterilize the inside of your root canal to prevent further infection. Next, we fill the canal with an inert material, treat it with any additional medication necessary, and seal your tooth.

If the tooth did not heal properly or had post-surgical complications, a root canal retreatment may be done. During this procedure, the dentist will remove the attached crown and filling material, clean the root canals and re-fill and re-crown the tooth. The success rate for this procedure is around 75%. Choosing retreatment can be less expensive than other alternatives, such as dental implants or bridges.

If you feel you may be in need of a root canal, contact us today! We are always here to help patients find relief from pain with a root canal for years.

What happens after the treatment?
We will keep a record of your treatment and decide on the type of restoration necessary for your tooth. Typically, a filling or a crown is used to seal off the inside of the tooth.
When is a root canal retreatment required?
A retreatment is typically done if the original root canal therapy fails. Some signs you might need a retreatment include: -New tooth decay -New crack in the treated tooth -Leaking filling material or cracked crown -Undetected complex canal structures -Saliva entering the restored tooth -Narrow or curved canals not treated during the original procedure -There was a delay when placing restorative devices after the procedure
What should I expect after root canal treatment?
It is normal to feel some tenderness in the area over the next few days as your body starts to heal itself. You may also feel some tenderness in your jaw from keeping it open for an extended period of time. These symptoms are temporary and usually respond very well to over-the-counter pain medications. It is also very important to follow the post-op instructions (LINK) provided to you by your doctor. Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your root canal treatment has been completed. However, if you have severe pain, do not hesitate to contact us.
What kind of after-care is needed following a root canal?
You will receive detailed post-operation instructions and home-care guidelines after treatments. It’s also important to carefully follow the instructions for medications if prescribed. Some tenderness and soreness in the area of treatment after procedures are normal. In situations where the crown of the tooth is heavily damaged or decayed, a root canal treatment may include rebuilding the tooth interior with composite and a crown to restore it to optimal appearance and function. After your procedure, you should wait until the numbness in your mouth wears off before eating. Don’t chew or bite down on the treated tooth until it is fully restored by your dentist. Take care of your teeth by brushing, flossing, regular checkups and cleanings to maintain your teeth for lifetime.
When do I need a root canal?
You may need root canal when the nerve or pulp of the tooth becomes infected and inflamed due to dental decay, a cracked or broken tooth, or an injury to the tooth. The most common symptoms are mild to severe toothache, with teeth sensitivity to pressure, hot or cold foods or drinks. The purpose of the treatment is to completely remove the infected nerve and pulp and, seal up the tooth, and restore it to natural function. Call our us to schedule your appointment, and make a note of which tooth is hurting, how long it’s been hurting, and how the tooth reacts to cold or hot foods or drinks or to pressures. After a thorough examination of your mouth and teeth, our dentists will provide treatment options best suit your needs
Who does this procedure?
Your dentist may do root canal treatment or an endodontist. An endodontist is a dentist who has completed a university post-graduate specialty program in endodontics. Endodontics is a specialty of dentistry concerned with the treatment of the dental pulp or nerve of the tooth. If your child's primary (baby) tooth is damaged, your dentist may refer you to a pediatric dentist for this procedure. A pediatric dentist has at least 2 years of extra university training in treating children.
What else should I know?
Root canal treatment may be done in 1 or 2 appointments. After root canal treatment, your tooth may be tender for the first week or two. Bad pain or swelling are NOT common. If this happens, call your dentist or endodontist. You can still get a cavity or gum disease after a root canal treatment. Root canal treatment does not protect your tooth from other types of damage. With proper care and regular dental visits, the tooth could last as long as your other teeth. Most of the time, a tooth that has had a root canal treatment can be saved. However, there are cases where everything possible has been done to save a tooth and still the tooth must be extracted (pulled).
What is root canal surgery?
Sometimes root canal surgery is needed when a regular root canal treatment cannot be done or when it has not worked. Surgery is done to: -Check the end of the root for fractures (cracks). -Remove parts of the root that could not be cleaned during regular root canal treatment. -Clear up an infection that did not heal after regular treatment.
How many appointments do I need?
Though it depends on the severity of the tooth in need of treatment, a root canal can be completed in as little as only one appointment. If the tooth is severely infected, several visits may be required to complete the work of properly cleaning and preparing the tooth root. On average, a root canal treatment can be completed within one to three appointments. During your initial consult, we are able to help you get a timeframe for how long the process will take, and that is a great time to discuss any concerns or questions with us.
Can a root canal cause problems years later?
With proper care, even teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime. But sometimes, a tooth that has been treated doesn't heal properly and can become painful or diseased months or even years after treatment. If your tooth failed to heal or develops new problems, you have a second chance.

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