Root Canals Q&A
What are root canals?
Root canal treatment is a dental procedure designed to preserve a damaged, infected, or badly decaying tooth.
During a root canal, Dr. Kheshtchin drills an access hole in the top of your tooth, carefully removes your infected tooth pulp, and then cleans the center of your tooth with an antiseptic solution.
Afterward, she uses the in-office CEREC® system to design and mill a permanent crown, restoring your tooth to its original shape, strength, and aesthetic appearance in one single visit.
Why would I need a root canal?
Root canal treatment works to address infected or inflamed tooth pulp. There are a variety of reasons this might happen, including:
- Deep decay
- Untreated cavities
- A chipped tooth
- A cracked tooth
- Multiple dental procedures on the same tooth
You might also benefit from a root canal if you injure a tooth as a result of playing sports or being in an automobile accident. Even if you don’t chip or crack a tooth, it’s possible to damage your pulp.
What are the symptoms of damaged pulp?
Only a qualified dentist like Dr. Kheshtchin can determine if you need a root canal. However, common symptoms associated with damaged or infected tooth pulp include swelling, a toothache, or the sensation of heat in your gums.
To pinpoint the source of your discomfort, Dr. Kheshtchin performs an oral exam and takes a series of dental cone beam CT scans to get a better look at your jaw, tooth roots, and underlying support structures.
Is root canal treatment painful?
Many people fear root canal treatment due to myths about the procedure. However, thanks to modern anesthetics and treatment techniques, undergoing a root canal is no more painful than a simple extraction.
Prior to performing a root canal, Dr. Kheshtchin administers a local anesthetic to ensure your discomfort. If you suffer from dental anxiety or have low pain tolerance, Dr. Kheshtchin also offers conscious dental sedation using intravenous (IV) medication.
What is recovery like following a root canal?
After root canal treatment, it’s perfectly normal to experience some pain, irritation, and mild swelling. However, you can relieve these symptoms by taking an over-the-counter pain medicine and by following Dr. Kheshtchin’s recovery instructions. Your mouth should feel completely normal within three to four days of your treatment.
To request a root canal consultation at A&N Dental, call the office or click the online booking tool today.