If you are experiencing tooth pain, it is possible a root canal treatment can help. If you have been told you need a root canal, do not fear. Thanks to scientific and medical advancements, these procedures are far more comfortable than ever before. Plus, they can help you save a tooth that might have otherwise been lost!
What Is a Root Canal Treatment?
A root canal involves removing the pulp from inside the tooth that is infected. The inside of the tooth is then disinfected and expertly shaped. A filing is then used to seal up the space, leaving you with a fully functional tooth. The pulp of your tooth is necessary when it is first developing. Once your tooth has fully matured, it no longer needs the pulp to survive.
When Is a Root Canal Treatment Helpful?
There are many cases when a root canal treatment can help save your tooth. These treatments can also prevent the infected tooth from negatively impacting the surrounding teeth. You may need a root canal if:
- Your tooth is cracked
- You are experiencing sensitivity to hot or cold
- You have a very deep cavity
- Your previous filing on the tooth has failed
- Your tooth is injured
A root canal treatment has many benefits, including:
- Restores normal biting force
- Looks very natural
- Protects the surrounding teeth from wear and potential strain
- Will allow you to chew efficiently once again
- Prevents the tooth from being pulled
- Will stop the pain and temperature sensitivity
What to Expect with a Root Canal Treatment
Once it has been established that a root canal treatment is necessary, the procedure will typically last 90 minutes to two hours. Afterward, most people feel comfortable enough to return to school or work. You will want to wait until the numbness has worn off before attempting to eat.
After your initial appointment, where the tooth is cleaned out and sealed, you will return for a follow-up. At this follow-up, a crown or other form of tooth restoration will be placed over the tooth. Once this has occurred, this tooth will function like any other in your mouth. There is no reason that the treated tooth will not last as long as the rest of your natural teeth.
Would you like to learn more about root canal treatment at Parkwood Dental and how it can help? If so, visit us in Bradenton, FL to speak with a member of our team. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!