If your mouth is painful, then you may be wondering just what is causing all that pain. Root canal treatment is a type of procedure that will involve the removal of the pulp and tooth’s nerves. The pulp and nerve is located within the root of the tooth. It is important that you take the time to let Dr. Bien know if you are experiencing any pain that seems to be centralized to a single tooth or if it is painful when you drink any items that is hot or cold. These are both indicators that a root canal may be needed.
A root canal is designed to remove the inside portion of your tooth to stop the pain at the source. Once the inside is removed, the tooth can be cleaned and then sealed. Root canal treatment is preferred because it allows you to save your tooth. If root canal treatment is not performed in a timely manner, the tooth may need to be extracted.
When you visit Greenhills Dental Care in Fremont, CA, you will have a root canal performed, when it is deemed necessary. The entire treatment period may be concluded in one visit, but you may need to be seen twice for your appointment. Should the procedure need to be done in two visits, you can expect to spend about 30 minutes to 60 minutes each visit in our Fremont office.
When you arrive for a root canal, you do not have to worry. We know that the name of the procedure sounds scary, but it is routine and does not cause you any additional pain. In fact, most patients simply compare it to having a filling placed. At your dental appointment, DR. Bien will use a local anesthetic and place it around the tooth that needs the root canal. You will feel your mouth go numb as soon as the injection is given. If the tooth is in a sensitive location, you may be given a topical anesthetic first to help numb the area prior to the injection.
Once the numbing is in effect, Dr. Bien will start the procedure. She will gain access to your tooth using a specialized tool that will make a small hole in the top of the crown. From there, the tool will be inserted into the tooth to remove the pulp and nerve. The interior of the tooth will be cleaned out to remove any additional bacteria that may be present. It is important to work with a highly-trained professional for your root canal treatment. If a dentist does not perform the procedure correctly or does not remove all the bacteria, a secondary root canal may be needed.
Once the tooth is cleaned, it will be sealed. If the structure of the tooth is in question, you may receive a crown to protect the tooth from further problems.
The procedure is not painful, but some patients do complain that their teeth are more sensitive after the procedure is completed. This will only last a couple of days and the sensitivity should wear off. If you are in pain, Dr. Bien will prescribe you medication to help ease the discomfort you feel.
Why a Root Canal?
There are several reasons why you should have a root canal performed. Let’s take a look.
- Dental Decay
If you have severe dental decay, a root canal may be the only option. Decay that is not handled in its first stages will eventually eat down to the pulp of the tooth and this will lead to severe pain. In these cases, the tooth will need to have a root canal performed.
A painful tooth can cause you a lot of discomfort, especially when you consume hot or cold food and drinks. Sensitivity to these items is one of the first signs that a root canal needs to be conducted. Sometimes, sensitivity is the ONLY warning sign you receive, so you should report it to your Fremont dentist immediately.
If you need to receive a crown, you may need a root canal performed on the tooth. It is not always a common procedure done for a crown, but it can be, based on your tooth’s needs. The reason you would need to receive the root canal would be because the tooth needs to be prepped. In some cases, the crown may not fit on your tooth and it will need to be filed down closer to the pulp. Removing the pulp can help later on down the road when the pulp may have become infected.
Your tooth may develop an infection inside of the tooth and this means that you need to have the pulp removed. To remove the pulp, a root canal needs to be performed to remove the entire infection. Infections that appear on the tooth’s nerve are not caused by decay, but can happen at any time. Inflammation and infection is your first indication that a problem exists.
Contact Us Today for a FREE Consultation
If you think that a root canal needs to be performed on your tooth, contact the team at Greenhills Dental Care. Dr. Bien is ready to see you and provide you with the quality care that you need. We are ready to make sure that your dental health is in check and that you do not need to have any emergency procedures performed. Dr. Bien is trained in root canals and has performed many of them on patients throughout the Fremont area. We will educate you about your root canal and make sure that you understand how the procedure is performed and what to expect along the way.
It is our job to save your tooth and we will do what we can to prevent an extraction from being needed. Don’t try to deal with the pain on your own and call our office now to receive a FREE consultation. The team at Greenhills Dental Care is here for you.