Root Canal Treatment
A root canal is one of the most feared dental procedures, but it is actually a tooth-saving treatment that can relieve the pain of a bad toothache. Most of our patients report that getting a root canal is no worse than getting a cavity filled.
Why Might I Need a Root Canal?
In most cases, you’ll know when you need a root canal because you’ll have a toothache that has gone from bad to excruciating. This usually means you have an infection deep in the root of your tooth. This is often caused by:
- Deep cavity
- Broken tooth
- Dental abscess
How Is a Root Canal Performed?
When you come into our Galloway, OH practice, the first thing we’ll do is conduct a careful examination and take an x-ray to determine which tooth is causing trouble. We also make sure that it can be saved so that you don’t spend unnecessary time or money.
After completely numbing the area, so you are comfortable for the duration of treatment, we’ll drill a tiny hole in the affected tooth. This will enable us to remove the bacteria and infected pulp and nerves in the tooth. Most of our patients watch TV or listen to music using our noise-canceling headphones while we carefully clean, fill, and seal your tooth.
What Happens Afterward? Can I Go Back to Work?
While you probably won’t mind having the rest of the day off, most of our patients go right back to their regular activities after their visit. In most cases, the area will feel a little sore to bite on for a day or so. Many times though—especially if we were treating a toothache—patients will feel immediate relief from pain.
In most cases, the remaining tooth structure will need a dental crown to strengthen it after a root canal. Because a root canal removes the living tissue from a tooth, the remaining structure tends to become brittle afterward. During your visit, we’ll put a temporary crown on the tooth so that you can chew while you wait for a permanent crown to be created in a lab.
Your permanent crown will be ready in a few weeks, at which time you’ll come back to the office so that we can cement it into place. The form and function of your natural tooth will be much like it was before you had a root canal.
What if I’ve Had a Bad Experience With Root Canals in the Past?
Fortunately, as materials and numbing techniques have advanced, this treatment has become one of the most predictable and successful procedures in the dentist office. Numbing the area with a local anesthetic is usually enough, but if you’re anxious about the procedure, we can also use nitrous oxide to put you in a relaxed state.
If you can arrange for someone to come with you to your appointment, we can prescribe a pill to relax you. In some cases, we can even offer to give you stronger sedation medication so that you have little or no memory of the visit.
Contact Us to Schedule a Dental Appointment
If you would like to find out your options for saving a tooth, please don’t wait to call our office. We’ll get you in quickly and answer any questions you have about getting you back to comfort and health as soon as possible.