For many people, the thought of a root canal can be downright scary. Actually, it’s one of the most common dental procedures and it doesn’t have to be nearly as unpleasant as most people think, especially when you experience treatment at Good Health Dental in Cleveland, Solon.
Below some answers to commonly asked questions about root canal procedures. We hope it provides some clarity to you.
Any toothache needs to be examed by a dentist, but you may need some pain relief before your appointment. Over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers can help you manage tooth pain in the meantime.
Many dentists recommend a few options when you’re looking for tooth-ache pain relief. Options include: Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Aspirin, or Acetaminophen, but be be aware: Not all of these drugs are right for everyone!
Please note that there are no recommended heavy painkillers which can be given for an oral procedure, besides controlled sedation or anaesthesia by the dentist.
To help relieve your discomfort is applying an ice pack or cool cloth over the site where the tooth hurts. This could reduce inflammation or swelling on your gums, which could help lessen the pain. Try eating soft foods like yogurt, mashed potatoes or ice cream; anything which doesn’t require chewing too hard.
Try to make your way to the dentist ASAP; waiting won’t help you. Actually, waiting always makes things worse. Do you experience tooth pain right now? Then make an appointment right now!
A root canal is needed when the pulp or soft tissue inside your tooth becomes infected or damaged. The infection from the bacteria creates an infection that cannot be removed with antibiotics. It has to be removed from the inside, which is why a root canal is performed.
An Endodontist (highly trained dental professional specializing in root canal treatment), or your regular dentist will remove all of the infected tissue before filling it with an inert material, like gutta-percha and sealant.
“With good dental hygiene habits, you can avoid painful root canal treatment. Need some advice? Happy to help!”
A root canal is usually not a painful procedure. The nerves are what send the pain signals to your brain. Many people say it’s more uncomfortable than painful, but this can depend on where the nerve is when the tooth gets infected.
For example, if the nerve is close to the surface of the tooth and has become infected, you possibly may feel more discomfort during treatment.
On the other hand, if there is no infection or inflammation around the nerve or pulp (soft tissue), then there should be very little discomfort during treatment. In addition, we offer dental sedation techniques for patients who want something to help take their mind off of any potential discomfort they may experience during their visit.
At Good health Dental, we want all patients to be completely comfortable with their treatment experience.
A root canal is in general better than a tooth extraction for the following reasons.
First, it is a much less invasive procedure. Second, it costs less than an extraction because there’s no need for post-surgery follow-up visits to the dentist. Third, it’s often faster to recover from than an extraction. Fourth, there are fewer potential complications with root canals than with extractions. Fifth, root canals preserve more of your natural tooth structure so you have more options when selecting your dental crowns or bridges.
However, if you don’t get treatment before the infection spreads below the gums and into the bone at the base of your teeth then you possibly will need an extraction because the tooth will eventually die if left untreated.
Dr. Kyle Radin provides root canal treatment in Cleveland Solon: “After your root canal is complete, you will be given antibiotics to take for two weeks. You should also avoid any strenuous physical activity for at least 24 hours. The tooth may be sore for up to two weeks following the procedure, but this should gradually lessen until it is painless.
If there are any questions or concerns, you should contact your dentist as soon as possible. Do you need a root canal treatment? Please make an appointment today.”