Need a Root Canal? Here's What to Expect

Need a Root Canal? Here's What to Expect

Brushing and flossing are only supposed to keep your tartar and plaque at bay until you make it to your dentist. Your dentist takes over twice annually, doing the heavy lifting of completely removing any threat to any tooth, and planning your treatment if you need additional care. 

Comfort Dental Spa is your source for reliable, quality dental care. Whether you need a root canal, a simple cleaning, or other dental services, we’re here to provide a safe and comfortable experience to you and your entire family. Our mission is in our name, and if you need a root canal, we have plenty of measures in place to minimize your discomfort. 

What is a root canal?

As horrible as root canals seem to sound to many people, the procedure is simple, routine, and normally is completed over the course of two appointments at our offices. If more than one of your teeth needs attention, your provider will tell you how much time they may need to treat you. 

A root canal is a procedure designed to rescue your teeth from decay and halt oral disease. Your teeth are susceptible to decay and disease. The easiest way to prevent decay and disease is to maintain good oral hygiene, but even in the best situations, you might find your teeth aren’t able to keep up with your diet and lifestyle. 

Decaying teeth can be hypersensitive to temperature extremes, and you may experience tenderness and swelling in your gums. If you’ve noticed that you have a tooth that is darker in color, and painful, chances are you have gum disease, also called periodontitis. Gum disease attacks the soft tissues of your tooth’s soft inner pulp. 

Periodontitis and tooth decay are actually both issues of your tooth pulp. Both conditions can cause tooth pain and jaw pain, and can spread, creating a health emergency. A root canal can save your tooth, your jaw, and your ability to use your mouth normally. 

What happens during the procedure?

Root canals are performed by dentists, who address all dental issues, and endodontists, who specialize in root canal treatments and dental implants. A root canal requires local anesthesia to keep you comfortable and calm. Once you’re properly anesthetized, you will still be awake, and your provider checks with you to make sure you’re okay.

When you’re numb, your provider uses a tiny separator to dam the flow of saliva to your tooth. They then use a drill to open your infected tooth and remove the harmful tissue. They’ll securely discard any old tissue and then clean out and seal your tooth. Your provider will decide whether or not you need additional protection, like a crown, to cover the repaired tooth.  

Root canals are outpatient procedures that do not require general anesthesia, so you are fine to drive home or use public transit.  

Do I need something else?

If your provider mentions other treatments as part of your consultation, they will follow up with you once the first step in your treatment plan is complete. 

My tooth has been hurting for a while.

We understand that toothaches are a pain. We’re here to help you get rid of your pain as well as to protect your teeth and jaw. If you’ve had a toothache or are experiencing pain in your jaw or mouth, call Comfort Dental Spa today at 248-306-8753, or book an appointment online any time. 

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