If tooth decay has progressed to the innermost layer of the tooth, a root canal may be necessary to save the tooth from extraction. A root canal is a process of removing the tooth's nerve and infected tissue. The tooth is then cleaned and sealed. By removing the infection, the tooth is protected from further infection and damage.
Although a root canal is usually painless, some discomfort is possible during the procedure. After the root canal, patients may experience some tenderness or sensitivity, but these symptoms should go away quickly.
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What are the benefits of a root canal?
Root canal therapy is used to save a tooth that otherwise would have to be pulled. This treatment offers many benefits.
The benefits of a root canal include:
- Saving the natural tooth.
- Preventing infection.
- Protecting surrounding teeth.
When is a root canal recommended?
A root canal is recommended when decay reaches the inner nerve of a tooth. When left untreated, the decay can spread to other areas of the tooth. A root canal removes the damaged nerve, but the tooth remains otherwise in one piece.
What happens during a root canal procedure?
During your root canal procedure, we will first numb the area with a local anesthetic. Then, we will make a small opening in your tooth to access the infected tissue. We will carefully remove the infected tissue and clean the area, then seal it to prevent reinfection.
Will my tooth be weak after a root canal?
No, a root canal is a treatment intended to save and restore a damaged or infected tooth. While your tooth will be weakened, a dental crown will be placed over your tooth to provide additional strength and protection.
After a root canal, your tooth will likely be more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. Your tooth will also feel pressure when you bite down. This can be uncomfortable at first, but your tooth will heal over time.
Does a root canal hurt?
Many people associate root canal treatment with pain. But the goal of root canal treatment is to save your tooth, not cause you more pain. In fact, root canal therapy has a very high success rate, and relieving pain is usually the primary symptom it treats.
The perception of pain from root canal treatment varies from patient to patient. When patients experience pain, it is typically because a tooth is infected and inflamed. Root canal therapy removes the infection and relieves pain.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Kansas City, KS, to have a consultation with our dentists, Dr. Moreno and Dr. Tejada. Please call us at (913) 647-1900 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.