August 2, 2015
Greetings Belleville! Everyone here at Thomas J. Feder, DDS, PC hopes you’re having an excellent day as summer wraps up. Today brings the latest entry in our dental health blog.
Today we are going to talk about one of the more intimidating procedures we perform: the Root Canal. Almost all are patients have a few questions about Root Canals, and many of them are fairly similar. We thought we’d take today’s blog post to answer a few of the more common questions about Root Canals.
What is a Root Canal?
Are you scared or nervous when you hear the phrase ‘Root Canal’? Many people are. But the truth is, when you sit down and learn about the procedure it’s really not very scary. Root Canals are a routine part of dentistry, and a safe and effective to save a damaged or drying tooth.
Root Canals are a form of endodontic therapy. Endodontics is a medical term which translates from Ancient Greek to mean inside of a tooth.
What Causes the Need for a Root Canal?
Root Canals can relieve a lot of pain you may be feeling in your mouth. You may need a Root Canal because of serious tooth decay, or a deep cavity in a tooth. Trauma from a blow to your face or teeth can also cause you to need a Root Canal.
Frequent toothaches are an important sign that you may need a Root Canal. Other symptoms and indicators are a swelling of your gums, sensitivity in your teeth to hot or cold temperature food and drinks, the forming of a pimple on your gums, or just a general sense of soreness in your gums.
How is a Root Canal Performed?
When we perform a Root Canal, we begin by quickly and painlessly removing decay, infected nerves, and dental pulp from inside of your tooth. The removal of this material keeps the tooth from dying.
The cleaning of the inside of the tooth also prevents the spread of bacteria and infection from the affected tooth. If it’s not treated, this bacteria and infection can actually spread to your gums and other teeth.
After we clean your tooth, we seal the tooth to prevent further decay. We then fill the hollow portion of the tooth with a special compound. This filling acts to strengthen the tooth, as well as preventing any further spread of decay.
You may need to have a crown placed on the tooth after a Root Canal.
Should I Just Have the Tooth Removed?
This is one of the most common questions we hear. To be honest, if you’d prefer to have the tooth removed, we can do that. But it’s almost always a mistake to remove a tooth that can be saved.
If you have a tooth removed, you either live without the tooth or have to have it replaced. Living without a tooth can negatively affect your appearance, and make it much harder to chew food. Replacing the tooth can be done, but can be expensive and time consuming.
The idea of a tooth extraction being preferable to a Root Canal seems to have stemmed from junk science circulating on the internet. The truth is Root Canals are healthy, safe, and effective.
Are Root Canals Painful?
Root Canals are no more painful than a routine filling. We repeat, Root Canals are no more painful than a routine filling.
We’ve made tremendous advances in the field of dental medicine. So even if you hear stories about a painful Root Canal, you can rest assured that no longer has to be the case.
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Are you having frequent toothaches? Do you think you may need a Root Canal? Click here to schedule an appointment at the office of Thomas J. Feder in Belleville, IL.