Root canals are a commonly misunderstood treatment that are often described as painful, even though that’s not exactly the case. With the latest advancements in the dental world, this treatment is pain-free and actually acts to eliminate your discomfort by curing common toothaches that are a result of infected pulp. To learn more about root canal therapy in Belmont, MA and why it’s crucial to receive this treatment, contact our office today!
The process of getting a root canal typically takes place over the course of two appointments. First, Dr. Salibian will access the inner, infected portion of your tooth and remove all of the damaged pulp. After sanitizing the inner chamber to ensure that no harmful bacteria linger, he will restore the structure and shape of your tooth using a flexible substance called gutta percha. Finally, we will take impressions of your treated tooth to make a dental crown for it. When the crown arrives, we’ll cement it over top, providing it with strength and protection.
The primary reason patients need root canals is due to tooth infections. These occur when cavities go untreated, allowing harmful oral bacteria access to the inner portion of your tooth where the pulp lies. Once infected by the bacteria, the pulp triggers a severely painful toothache that is a tell-tale sign that you require root canal therapy. Some other symptoms include a pimple-like bump on the gums, dental sensitivity, and swelling on the cheek.
To this day, root canals are one of the most feared procedures (we have their scary reputation to thank for that!). The good news is that this tooth-saving treatment isn’t just effective and straightforward, it’s also no more uncomfortable than a traditional filling! With that said, it’s completely normal to have questions on your mind before committing to the procedure. For that reason, we’ve responded to some of the most frequently asked questions about root canals in Belmont below.
In many cases, patients who are fearful of the procedure end up postponing it in hopes that the tooth will restore itself without professional treatment. Unfortunately, this approach allows the infection to spread, resulting in unpleasant consequences like jaw pain, inflamed gums, and, in some cases, systemic illness. Furthermore, neglecting to move forward with treatment right away can result in a more extensive and costly approach, like a tooth extraction. Since root canal therapy allows our skilled Belmont dentist, Dr. David Salibian, to actually save your tooth, this restorative treatment is more ideal.
Thanks to modern technology and significant advancements in dentistry, getting a root canal is no more uncomfortable than getting a standard filling. In fact, root canal therapy is designed to stop the pain stemming from a decayed or damaged tooth, not cause it. Plus, if you are particularly nervous about the procedure, sedation dentistry is also an option.
It is worth noting that some soreness in the days following root canal therapy is normal. To ease any discomfort, you can place a cold compress against the outside of your cheek or take an over-the-counter pain reliever. If after a few days your symptoms worsen, get in touch with our team – this could be a sign of a complication.
In many cases, the answer is yes. Some of the obvious ways to help keep your teeth decay-free are brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist biannually for a checkup and cleaning. However, there are additional best practices that patients often forget, like limiting your consumption of sugar, wearing a mouthguard during sports, and avoiding unhealthy dental habits, like smoking.
Oftentimes, patients jump for joy when their painful toothache subsides. However, it’s important to know that this is likely the result of the infection “killing” the nerve of the tooth. But just because it’s unable to feel pain doesn’t mean that you should avoid getting root canal therapy – the infection is still present and able to spread. If you have any questions or concerns about your treatment, don’t simply try to avoid it altogether. Talk to your dentist!
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