Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Root Canals

+ Is my root canal going to hurt?

We're familiar with the bad reputation of root canal therapy.

We have great news for you, however.

The pain that people associate with root canal therapy isn't from the treatment itself; it's actually from the problem that makes the treatment necessary! We take great care to make sure that you are numb and comfortable before we begin any type of treatment here at Stonebriar Family Dentistry, and we'll check on you throughout your procedure to make sure you stay comfortable.

We recommend a root canal when something has gone wrong with the pulp, the soft center of your tooth that contains the blood vessels and nerves of the tooth. When an infection or decay affects this area, it can be quite painful because it is so close to the nerves. A root canal removes the compromised pulp as well as the damaged nerve and replaces it with an inert filling. This treatment relieves the pain and helps the area heal.

You might experience some discomfort after anesthetic from the procedure wears off since your body is still healing, but this can usually be controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol). Dr. Chitre will discuss your needs with you before beginning your procedure.

If you are in pain and suspect you need a root canal, please call us right away. The sooner we complete treatment, the sooner you can feel like yourself again!

+ Why do I need a root canal?

We know that nobody wants to hear that they need a root canal, but the truth is that it's a valuable procedure that can allow us to save a tooth that might otherwise have to be extracted. Additionally, with modern improvements to technique, anesthetics, and the instruments used, today's root canals are far simpler and more comfortable than they were in the past! Best of all, root canal treatment will relieve the pain you are likely experiencing as a result of infection or trauma to the inside of your tooth.

When the inside of a tooth becomes infected, we have two options – perform a root canal, in which the interior of the tooth is cleaned, sterilized, and filled with an inert material called gutta percha, or remove the tooth entirely.

Removing the tooth creates a cascade of adverse effects down the road, so we always recommend saving the tooth whenever possible. When you are missing a tooth, you are more prone to periodontal disease. Your other teeth will begin to drift, knocking your bite out of alignment and causing discomfort, excess wear, and possible cracking or fracturing. Without the root of the tooth, your bone will begin to diminish and weaken, which is likely to lead to loose teeth and additional tooth loss.

We want to help you avoid these consequences, plus the costs associated with replacing a tooth.

If you are in pain, don't delay. Call Stonebriar Family Dentistry today so we can help.