Do I Need a Root Canal?

By Heritage Hunt Dental
August 27, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canals  

ToothacheThe thought of getting a root canal strikes fear in many patients who may desperately need this procedure. But this anxiety is unnecessary as dental sedation will ease your discomfort during a root canal treatment. Also, many people don’t realize that a root canal is the cure for tooth pain, not the cause. Learn more about why a patient may need a root canal and what the procedure entails in preparation for your visit dentist Dr. Chris Houser at Heritage Hunt Dental in Gainesville, VA.

Why Would a Patient Need a Root Canal?
While a professional dental cleaning treats the outside of a tooth, a root canal procedure treats the inside when it is infected. A root canal is needed when the patient is experiencing severe pain in a tooth that makes it difficult to eat, talk, and even sleep. The pain, caused by the inflammation of nerves inside of the tooth, can also cause headaches and migraines. Ultimately, an untreated tooth infection will lead to tooth loss.

Root Canal Myths
One of the biggest myths about root canal therapy is that it is going to be painful. First keep in mind that you will be properly sedated before the procedure after discussing your needs with your Gainesville, VA dentist. Second, understand that the act of cleaning out the tooth is not what causes the pain—the diseased tissue is the root cause. Another myth is that this procedure is not worth the trouble; that a painful tooth should just be extracted. According to the American Association of Endodontists, root canal procedures have a high success rate and many treated teeth last for life.

Your Root Canal Procedure 
After you're sedated, your Gainesville, VA dentist will open the tooth using dental tools to expose the decay. Some of the enamel will be removed to ensure that the whole infection will be cleared away. After the diseased tissue is completely removed, your dentist will disinfect the inside of the tooth and pack it with a protective material. The length of the appointment will depend on the severity of the infection and the number of teeth affected, but in many cases the procedure is completed in about an hour. In a few weeks, you will come back for a checkup and have a permanent crown added to replace lost enamel.

Get Treatment Early
It's best to seek help from a dentist at the first signs of trouble with a tooth. An urgent root canal will restore its health and strength. Contact Heritage Hunt Dental in Gainsville, VA at (703) 754-5800 for a dental exam with Dr. Chris Houser.

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