Get Answers to Your Most Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canals
It’s common for a person to have a feeling about root canals rather than knowing the facts. For example, they may think that root canals are painful and expensive. They may think that they take hours. The good news is that root canals now take much less time than they used to. Keep on reading to find out if your questions are answered about root canals. If they are not, or if you are ready to set up an appointment, then contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161.
What is a root canal and why might I need one?
First, let us begin by understanding what a root canal is. Think of it like a cavity in the middle of your tooth. Inside your tooth is pulp, which is made up of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. The root canal is a method that gets rid of the pulp inside your tooth. We then clean the empty canal and cover it up. It is generally done when a tooth is damaged beyond repair and it is a way to save the tooth.
How do I know if I need a root canal?
You will not know until your dentist assess you and tells you. There are symptoms that come along with needing a root canal, but they are standard dental symptoms. For example, you might have a toothache, you might feel pain when you chew, you may notice your tooth has become dark, or you may find that your tooth is sensitive to hot or cold foods and beverages. If you have any of these symptoms then you should contact a dentist sooner rather than later.
How many times do I have to go to the dentist for a root canal?
The average root canal can be treated in one office visit. However, this is not always the case and sometimes you may need to return a second or third time. The dentist will begin by opening the top of your tooth so they can get at the pulp. They will then remove the pulp and clean and smooth the empty canal. Then medication and disinfectant will be injected into the canal so that all bacteria and infection is cleaned out.
When we believe the tooth is drained and empty we will fill that empty cavity and your root canal will be completed. However, some root canals require crowns. If that is true of your root canal then we may wait a few days to let the cavity drain and empty out. You would then need to return for a second and possibly third appointment.
Does a root canal hurt?
Some patients experience no pain at all while others do. One thing that is true across the board is that advances in techniques mean root canals are not as painful as they once were. If you have ever had a cavity then you can expect about the same level of soreness after the procedure.
Do you have reason to believe you may need a root canal? Are you experiencing tooth pain? Then contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 to set up an appointment.