Is a Root Canal the same as Endontics?
A root canal falls under a specific field of dentistry, namely Endodontics. This field deals with conditions that affect the inside of the tooth.
What Happens during a Root Canal?
During a root canal procedure the decayed pulp from the central part of the tooth, which lies underneath your tooth enamel and a harder layer called dentin, is extracted. Tooth pulp can become infected through cavities or fractures in the tooth that become the breeding ground of harmful bacteria. If the decay is extensive enough that it cannot be fixed with a filling, you will need a root canal.
Once this decayed pulp is removed, the interior of the tooth or the canal will be reshaped and be filled up with a material called gutta percha that is then sealed with a temporary filling to prevent anymore decay. A crown is normally the final step in the treatment to completely restore the tooth and its original functioning.
How do I know if I need a Root Canal?
If you are experiencing severe toothache, pimples on your gums, swelling, tenderness, prolonged sensitivity to temperature differences and notice that your tooth is a darker shade than normal, you may be suffering from advanced decay and may require a root canal.
How Painful is a Root Canal?
Root canals are seen as very uncomfortable and painful procedures, but at East Mountain Dental, we always make our patient’s peace of mind top priority. With advancements in technology and the use of anesthesia, patients do not feel the procedure and may only experience some sensitivity after the whole process is done, which can be reduce through medication. Our dentists can also recommend how you should be looking after your teeth in the wake of the procedure and what you can do to prevent tooth decay from occuring again. Feel free to ask our dentists anything you wish to know about what you can expect before, during and after a root canal procedure for total peace of mind.