When a person undergoes a root canal, it is because the tooth root has become either infected or inflamed. The procedure is necessary so the infection can be cleaned out, and the rest of the tooth can be saved. Undergoing a root canal procedure will allow you to retain your normal bite force, and your appearance will be completely unaffected. You may not know whether or not you need this procedure, so if you suspect it may be necessary, you should consult with a professional root canal dentist.
Some of the most obvious root canal symptoms are as follows:
- you may have severe pain while chewing or biting
- there may be deep decay or a darkening of your gums
- a chipped or cracked tooth may need a root canal
- your gums might be swollen or very tender
- you may have extreme sensitivity to hot or cold, even when the source has been removed
- there may be noticeable pimples on your gum line.
These days, a root canal procedure can be conducted with no pain or discomfort to the patient. Afterwards, your mouth may be numb for up to four hours, and you should avoid eating during this time frame. However, once the procedure has been completed, the infection will be removed and the healthy part of your tooth will be left. This will allow you to eat and speak just like normal, and you won’t have any other lingering side effects from the process. The long-term success rate for root canal procedures has been as high as 95%, so you can be confident that your own root canal is quite likely to be effective.
Root canals are not the scary procedures they are thought to be. Contact us at Ammons Dental by Design, so we can discuss the procedure with you, and arrange for an initial consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
A: It is a dental procedure which becomes necessary when the root of a tooth becomes infected or inflamed.
A: In most cases, a root canal procedure will cost between $200 and $500, but it will be more if your insurance carrier does not cover any part of the cost.
A: Most of the time, the procedure will take between 30 and 90 minutes, assuming no complications.
A: You will have to wait until the numbness has worn off on your mouth, and you should avoid eating until the crown has been emplaced.
A: In some cases, the pulp of the tooth is already dead and you won’t feel anything at all. If the tooth pulp is still living, you will need an anesthetic so that the procedure doesn’t cause you any pain.
A: Usually it will take about a week for all the side effects to wear off after a root canal.