Toothaches can really disrupt your day. They can decrease your focus, at work. They’ll discourage you from eating your favourite foods, and they might even keep you awake at night.
Toothaches aren’t like headaches – they don’t fade with time or heal themselves. If you’re suffering from an extreme toothache, give us a call: your tooth pain may be a sign of possible infection or decay inside your teeth. Your dentist will help you decide on the right treatment for your infection.
Sometimes, if decay or infection has progressed severely enough, we’ll recommend a root canal. Root canals are a normal dental procedure that, with proper anesthesia, shouldn’t hurt more than getting a filling. If your dentist has recommended a root canal, keep reading to learn more about what you can expect and why it’s important you get one.
When you need a root canal
Your teeth are alive. The inside of your teeth is full of soft tissue, nerves, and more; it’s called the “pulp.” Just like other areas of your body can become infected, the pulp of your teeth can become infected. Infected pulp is painful – and may be the reason you have a toothache.
These infections are usually a side effect of decay. Tooth decay eats away at your teeth, opening the pulp up to bacteria and infection.
When your dentist recommends a root canal, it’s because your tooth has severe decay or infection and needs to be cleaned out. Your dentist will access the inflamed areas with specialized tools, clean out the decay and infection, and protect the area for the future with a crown.
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The Root Canal Procedure
When you come in for your root canal appointment, the dentist will first numb you with local anesthesia. Because of the local anesthesia, you shouldn’t feel pain during the procedure. If you do feel pain during the procedure, you can let your dentist know. If you’re nervous about the procedure, let your dentist know. In some cases, they may recommend a sedative to help you relax during the procedure.
Next, your dentist will go into your tooth to clean it out. They’ll use special tools to carve out any decaying areas in the tooth and make sure it’s clean of plaque that could cause future issues. Then, they’ll use sculpting tools sure the tooth is the right shape for the next step.
Because a hollow tooth is a weak tooth, your dentist will fill the tooth with a rubbery material to strengthen what remains of your tooth.
Finally, your dentist will place a temporary crown over your tooth. What’s left of your tooth may be weakened; the crown will protect it from breaking or crumbling.
You’ll be fitted for a permanent crown, which will be placed on a second visit. Some of our patients are eligible for same-day crowns – if that’s you, you’ll receive a permanent crown the same day as your root canal.
Crowns can be made of many materials, including porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, resin, and more. Our same-day crowns are created out of porcelain using a 3D CEREC milling machine.
Because root canals remove the infection and infected tissues, you may be prescribed antibiotics for the days following your root canal.
You may have some minor soreness; talk with your dentist about which pain medication is best to help alleviate soreness while your mouth heals.
Do I need any special tools to care for my teeth after a root canal?
Caring for your teeth after a root canal isn’t any different from caring for them before your root canal: brush and floss twice a day.
How long does a crown last?
Many crowns last fifteen years or longer. If your crown comes loose or is knocked out by activity, come see us immediately; it’s important to keep your crown in good condition to avoid infection and decay in the tooth under the crown.
Ready to Talk? Give us a call or stop by today!
Whether you want to schedule your root canal or you’d just like to discuss root canals further before deciding if you’re ready, our professional team is available to meet with you – call our office to schedule an appointment today.