What is Root Canal?
A Root canal is a tooth-saving procedure for infected teeth. The process removes the pain-causing inner tooth pulp. After removal, your dentist will perform a deep cleaning inside the tooth. They are followed by applying fillings to the affected tooth for protection against future infections.
Are Root Canals Painful?
At Encino Family Dental, our patients report little to no pain with a root canal procedure. The reason being is that our experienced dentist numbs the treatment area. So if you associate having a root canal with severe pain, there’s no need to worry. It will relieve the severe toothache that you’re experiencing.
How Do I Know If I Need It?
There are telltale signs that your toothache might need root canal therapy. Signs to look out for include:
- Teeth pain with chewing or biting down on food
- Pain sensitivity to hot and or cold temperatures
- Darkening of the painful tooth
- Noticeable swelling on the gums near the problem tooth
- Presence of a simple on the gums
If you’re noticing these signs, call a Dentist right away.
What Happens If I Don’t Get The Root Canal?
Expect tooth loss and possibly infection spread if you skip getting a root canal. Many patients believe their tooth self healed since it’s no longer painful. Unfortunately, this signals that the nerves inside your tooth have died. That is why someone isn’t feeling any more pain. With this lingering infection, your tooth will weaken and fracture. Worse yet, the infection will spread to nearby teeth repeating the pain cycle.
Is It Better To Have A Root Canal Or Tooth Extraction?
Given the option between root canals and extraction, a root canal is the better choice. It will save your natural teeth. Tooth preservation is essential for mouth function and bone density. Having missing teeth and gaps in your mouth can weaken your jaw bone. Changing your chewing and biting mechanics can cause teeth damage. Having a tooth extraction will require a replacement, such as a dental bridge or dental implant.
How Can I Avoid A Root Canal?
Like many other dental problems, root canals can be prevented. At Encino Family Dental, we believe in prevention and avoidance. So to avoid seeing a dentist, we recommend the following:
- Brushing twice daily
- Flossing after meals
- Avoiding hard foods and candies like lollipops
- Don’t chew ice
- Wear a proper night guard if one is a jaw clencher
- Avoid highly acidic foods and drinks like sodas
- Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings
- Get tooth pain checked out immediately
Are There Any Alternatives?
The only alternative to having a root canal is tooth extraction. They are then replacing the missing tooth with a bridge, implant, or denture. These alternatives will need more investment in time and money for patients. It is the best option to save an infected, painful tooth.
So if you’re currently experiencing a toothache, call Encino Family Dentist today. We accept many insurances and offer same-day appointments for your convenience. Let us get you out of pain today so that you can smile tomorrow.