What You Need to Know About Root Canals

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a straightforward treatment that removes the infected pulp of a tooth and relieves dental pain. When there is inflammation or infection in the roots of the tooth, a root canal is usually the best solution. During a root canal procedure, the tooth’s root canal is cleaned, disinfects, and sealed with a filling to avoid future infection. 

So, what can you expect when getting a root canal procedure? It’ll start with numbing. The area will need to be numbed to prevent tooth pain during the procedure. Next, your dentist will drill a hole to access the decay. They will then use tools to remove the infection. Once the decay is clean out entirely, the tooth will be filled and sealed.  The sealing is like a rubber compound that goes around the tooth to protect it from future damage. 

Root canals are known for being painful, but they don’t have to be. In fact, putting off getting a root canal done when you need one is going to be much more painful in the end. When properly done, root canals do not need to be painful. 

Causes of Root Canals

Root canals are usually necessary when there is some sort of trauma or tooth decay. When tooth decay has reached the inner layers of the tooth, the infection needs to be removed with a root canal. Trauma such as cracks, chips, and other trauma can cause serious decay or infection that will also lead to the need for a root canal. 

How to Prevent Root Canals

Root canals can be prevented by taking care of your teeth. Practicing oral hygiene habits such as brushing twice daily with a toothpaste that contains fluoride, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist regularly for cleanings will ensure better oral health. 

Signs You Need a Root Canal 

Experiencing pain in your teeth does not necessarily mean that you need to have a root canal. But some of the signs of root canals include:

  • Pimple-like bumps on the gums near the infected area
  • Swelling in the gums
  • Extreme teeth pain when chewing
  • Darkening around the infected area
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold

If you think you may need a root canal, come see us at Oral and Facial Surgery of Utah. Our experienced surgeons will work to ensure your speedy recovery and total comfort. If you’re experiencing serious tooth pain, come see us for a consultation to determine if you would benefit from a root canal.