A root canal can seem like a fairly intimidating dental procedure, especially if you don’t know a whole lot about it. In truth, however, you have very little to worry about. Modern dental technology can help ensure a comfortable and stress-free experience.
Still a bit nervous? Let’s put your mind at ease by answering some basic questions that many people have about root canals.
Every human tooth has a root canal system which is filled with a soft pulp of blood vessels and nerves. A root canal treatment is the name given to the process of removing pulp from inside of your tooth if it has become damaged or infected. If the pulp is not removed, then the tooth may become abscessed.
A root canal treatment always begins with the use of local anesthetic so that the affected area is sufficiently frozen before any other work is begun. A rubber dam is then placed around the affected tooth to keep the area free of bacteria and saliva, after which the dentist makes an opening in the tooth in order to remove the damaged pulp.
The only source of discomfort and pain that you should expect during a root canal treatment is the initial anesthetic needle. However, once you are numb you will not be able to feel the dentist working on your tooth. After the numbness has worn off you may experience some mild tenderness, which can be taken care of with over-the-counter painkillers. It is not common to experience extreme pain or swelling after a root canal.
Some signs and symptoms that the pulp in your tooth has become infected or damaged include; a discoloration of the tooth, swelling of the gums, extreme pain or sensitivity to heat or cold, and a painful toothache when any sort of pressure is applied to the tooth.
If you live in or around the Calgary area and you are looking to consult with a dentist about a possible root canal, then get in touch with The Dentists at Richmond in Calgary, Alberta today. We can help you decide if a root canal is the best treatment option for you.