Root canal treatment is applied when the pulp of a tooth gets infected and has to be removed (pulpitis). After that, the dentist should clean, fill in and seal the canal. This kind of tooth damage results from tooth decay left untreated for a long time, and/or traumas. The condition can be extremely painful and may require emergency dental help.
This is one of the most complex and dreaded part of dental care. Fears have spawned countless myths that continue to mislead patients and prevent them from taking right steps in the right time. In other words, there are a few common myths, which we are going to debunk right here and right now.
No longer! Today, dentists use a variety of effective anesthetics, which simply switch off the pulp nerve and those surrounding the bad tooth. In fact, it is our awareness of how exactly the procedure is carried out and the expectation that give us the biggest pain.
This is unlikely, because all types of surgery, even minor ones just like this, imply direct impact on tissues with medical instruments. There is no way to probe, drill or poke around in your teeth and gums without disturbing tissues. Therefore, you have no choice but to deal with a little sensitivity for a couple of days.
Not if the procedure has been done properly. Root canal treatment involves a whole bunch of procedures, which result in full and complete disinfection and filling in of every tiniest hole or gap. In fact, it is saving a tooth, not eventually pulling it, that is the ultimate goal of root canal treatment.
This is true, but only partially. Yes, root canal treatment is known to be one of the lengthiest dental care procedures. It includes a whole bundle of manipulations. However, it rarely takes more than two visits. As a rule, the first visit involves extraction of the pulp, disinfection, and placement of a temporary filling, which should stay there until the canal is completely free of any bacteria. During the next visit, you will have your tooth filled with a permanent material or crowned. Not unlikely, if your case is severe, you will need a few follow-up visits.
This refers to the pulp’s function. Its role can be considered ultimate at a young age, when teeth are growing. The pulp contains nerves and blood vessels, which supply nutrients to the dental tissue and thus keep it growing. However, once your teeth stop growing, there is only one function left – giving you pain when a problem occurs in a tooth, to alert you and make you want to take steps to solve it.
This sounds like a call from several decades ago. Today’s techniques and tools provide a success rate of about 85%, and there are reasons to believe it will continue to grow. Even if the canal gets infected again years later, it can be refilled.
If you have any dental issue, please call Alpha Dental Care today at 905-876-0200 and receive relief in a comfortable, pain-free treatment.