4 Reassuring Facts about Root Canals

You may feel a sense of dread when the dentist tells you that you need a root canal. While it may not be your favorite way to spend an hour, the truth is that a root canal can leave you feeling better afterward.

These four facts about root canals should help you feel better about having to go through this procedure. Dr. Anette Betancor at Dente Complete Dentistry offers this list of reasons to reassure you about having a root canal.

It’s the best way to save a tooth

If you have an infection inside your tooth, have had multiple dental procedures on one tooth, or have a deep cavity in your tooth, a root canal is the best way to save the tooth. When you have any of these previous conditions affecting your tooth, the tooth itself is compromised, and you may be at risk of losing it.

Getting a root canal can save you from not only possibly losing the tooth but also having to choose an option to replace it. Missing teeth can be replaced using a bridge or a dental implant.  But both of these options are more expensive and will require more work than getting a root canal.  

It’s the best way to fix severe pain

You’re probably in a lot of pain if you have an infection in your tooth. Infections most often occur when bacteria inside your mouth spread to the pulp inside the tooth. While Dr. Betancor can and will usually prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection, a root canal is often still necessary as well.

Before beginning the root canal, the dentist will make sure your mouth is numb so that you don’t feel any pain. The root canal removes all the pulp from your tooth and treats the inside of the tooth with topical antibiotics to further treat the infection and prevent it from returning. Then, the dentist fills in the space with a material called gutta-percha. 

You’ll get a temporary crown after the root canal is done, then the permanent crown will be placed within a couple of weeks. While you may feel some soreness after the root canal is done, the degree of pain will be nothing like having a dental infection.

It fixes tooth sensitivity

Experiencing tooth sensitivity, especially to hot and cold temperatures, is often a sure sign that you need a root canal. Getting a root canal means that you will no longer feel sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures anymore, which can be a great relief. You can once again enjoy drinking an ice-cold beverage without wincing.

Your teeth still look the same

After a root canal and having a crown put in place, you shouldn’t be able to tell any difference among your teeth. Crowns are color-matched to the shade of your other teeth, so they should look just like any other natural tooth. Only you will know that you’ve ever had any work done on your teeth, and with time, you’ll likely forget that you ever had it done.

Having a root canal is a cost-effective and safe way to save your natural tooth when it has been damaged. Most patients say that having a root canal is much less painful than having a tooth extracted. Dr. Betancor makes every effort to make the procedure as pain-free as possible. If you have a tooth that needs a root canal, don’t try to avoid it. Call Dr. Anette Betancor at Dente Complete Dentistry today or request an appointment online.

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