Family Dental Care
General and Cosmetic Dentistry & Emergency Dentists located in West Palm Beach, FL
When infection or interior decay develops in a tooth, it causes extreme pain and can result in tooth loss. In these situations, a root canal may be necessary to stop the tooth from decaying further and alleviate pain. If you are experiencing severe toothaches, Michael C. Westcott, DDS, and Sujay Trivedi, DMD, at Family Dental Care in West Palm Beach, Florida, can save your infected tooth. To learn more, call the practice or schedule your first appointment online.
Root Canals Q & A
What is a root canal?
A root canal procedure involves the removal of the infected pulp and nerve from the root of a tooth to eliminate the infection and the source of pain. Next, the root canal is disinfected to remove all traces of infection, packed with a sterilized synthetic filling, and sealed.
Are root canals painful?
Root canals have a reputation for being a very painful procedure. However, due to advancements in dentistry and modern medicine, most people now experience little to no pain. The procedure is typically no more uncomfortable than fillings or tooth repairs, and the expert team at Family Dental Care takes all precautions to ensure you remain comfortable.
Why would I need a root canal?
There are several reasons why your dentist may recommend a root canal, including:
- Tooth infection that has reached the nerves
- To repair an extensively decayed tooth or a deep cavity that involves the pulp
- Badly cracked or broken tooth
- Repeated fillings on the affected tooth
The team determines whether you need a root canal or another procedure after a thorough exam of your teeth.
Will I experience pain after a root canal?
In the initial days after a root canal, some people may experience sensitivity or mild discomfort when biting down in the area where the tooth was treated. Chewing on the other side until a permanent restoration, such as a crown, is placed may be advised. Over-the-counter pain medication can relieve mild discomfort caused by a root canal.
What if I don’t get a root canal?
If you choose not to receive a root canal on an infected tooth, the infection can spread, affecting the face, neck, or other body parts. Untreated infections can have serious or even fatal consequences. Some people’s pain suddenly goes away, which usually means the infection is still there, but the tooth has died. When this happens, a dental extraction is needed.
A lost or pulled tooth leaves a gap in your smile and causes other teeth to shift. That potentially hampers your ability to chew your food. Furthermore, misaligned teeth are more difficult to clean and can cause further tooth decay or gum disease, leading to other expensive and painful dental problems.
Root canals are not painful procedures. Allow Family Dental Care to ease your fears and pain with a root canal. Call the office and speak with a helpful staff member or book your appointment online today.