When the root of a tooth becomes infected or begins to decay, you need to seek treatment quickly to avoid the pain that comes with it. Fortunately, you don’t have to have your tooth pulled. Instead, you can get treatment to salvage the bulk of your tooth and get rid of only the parts causing the problem.
This treatment is called a root canal. A root canal is a common dental procedure that takes longer than most fillings to complete but won’t keep you sidelined for long. You can get the bulk of your treatment in one sitting and eliminate the discomfort stemming from your tooth infection.
At Donoho Dental Associates, we offer our Sun City patients root canal treatments in our conveniently located office. You will generally need a preliminary appointment to determine the exact course of treatment, an appointment that will last an hour or two to remove the tooth pulp and a follow-up to add the crown over top the new filling.
You may need a root canal if you’ve had a tooth knocked out. You may also need a root canal when an infection reaches deep into the nerves of your tooth or when tooth decay has begun to rot out the root of your tooth. When left untreated, this can ultimately cost you your tooth. A tooth extraction can be an expensive and time-consuming process, perhaps requiring a trip to an oral surgeon and a new crown.
Having a root canal instead allows you preserve the bulk of your tooth. Our dentist will scrape out what’s in the center of the tooth, including:
The result is a tooth that’s essentially hollowed out. We add filling to seal up those spots and protect the tooth from future decay. The crown goes on top a few days later, giving you a new tooth without having to surrender the old one.
The first question everyone asks when it comes to a root canal is whether it will hurt. The answer is — a bit, but not nearly as much as you might fear. While there will be some discomfort afterward, we can numb you throughout the procedure, and you can take over-the-counter drugs to help treat any soreness.
Other questions you may have: