March 12th, 2020
Root canal treatment is a lot like a filing, just a bit more involved. Root canals are designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent reinfection of the tooth and save your natural tooth. When a patient undergoes a root canal, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed.
Put simply, we open the tooth, clean out the infection and fill it with a special filling material. At our office, we perform this treatment in one visit and it usually takes no more than one hour. At Apex Endodontics, we offer more advanced technologies to achieve the best outcomes for these steps involved.
If you dentist recommends a root canal, there is no need to be nervous. Millions of teeth are treated and saved this way each year. At Apex Endodontics, we perform more than 3,000 root canals each year for patients in the Buffalo area. Our office specializes in getting patients out of pain and saving teeth through root canal treatment.
Will a Root Canal Hurt?
Patients are given anesthesia, and therefore, a root canal isn't any more painful than a regular dental procedure. At Apex Endodontics, we use a specialized device to ensure patients are numb even when they come in with an infected tooth. A root canal can be a bit sore following treatment; however, this shouldn't last for more than a few days.
Do I Really Need a Root Canal?
Simple answer, no! Root canals are needed for many reasons; however, your tooth may not need it. A few of the most common reasons we perform root canals are due to deep filling or issue with previous filling, trauma/injury or cracked/chipped tooth.
Some of the symptoms that mean you may need a root canal are:
- Severe pain while chewing or biting
- Lingering sensitivity to hot and cold
- Chipped or cracked tooth
- Deep Decay or darkening of the gums
- Pimples on the gums
- Swollen or tender gums
When patients are sent to our office, we always diagnose and evaluate the tooth before performing treatment. Although it is not common, there are times when a patient is sent to us for treatment and after a full evaluation we determine that a root canal is not needed.