What To Expect From Your Root Canal

By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
December 10, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

A root canal could help save your inflamed or infected tooth. The procedure, one of the many treatments offered by your Charlottesville, VA, dentist, Dr. Michael Tisdelle, eliminates your pain and helps you avoid the loss of your tooth.

Why root canals are needed

Root canals treat inflammation in your tooth pulp caused by extensive decay, injuries, and bacterial infections. If the pulp isn't removed and replaced during root canal therapy, you'll eventually lose your tooth.

Root canals also protect your health if you have an abscess. The bacterial infection that caused the abscess can enter your bloodstream and travel to your heart, brain, and other organs without prompt treatment. In addition to receiving a root canal, you'll also need to take antibiotics if you have an abscess.

What happens during a root canal?

Root canal therapy doesn't have a very good reputation. In fact, 57 percent of adults surveyed by the American Association of Endodontists in 2019 reported that they were more afraid of root canals than spiders. Although receiving a root canal may have been a painful experience many years ago, that's no longer the case. Advances in dental technology and pain control have made the procedure no more difficult than getting a dental filling.

Before the root canal begins, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb your mouth. The procedure won't start until you're comfortably numb and can't feel any pain.

After your tooth is opened, your dentist will remove the pulp and clean the interior of the tooth, including the root canals that extend from the top of the tooth to the roots. Tiny files make cleaning and shaping the narrow canals much easier. He may also add an antibiotic to the tooth to kill any lingering bacteria before adding a temporary filling to the tooth.

You'll return to the office in a week or two to receive your permanent filling. Gutta-percha, a rubber-based filling material, is often used to permanently fill teeth treated with root canal therapy. A dental crown may also be recommended to strengthen your treated tooth. You'll visit the Charlottesville dental office at a later date to receive your crown.

After your root canal, your tooth will function normally and you'll no longer have to live with tooth pain.

Do you think you may need a root canal? Call your dentist in Charlottesville, VA, Dr. Michael Tisdelle, at (434) 977-4101 to schedule your appointment.

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