As we carry on with our daily activities we put on a lot of pressure to our teeth. As we age, our teeth naturally are subjected to more and more damage. End results of which is pain, discomfort and even permanent damage of the teeth, as the word 'root canal' suggests, in this treatment the targeted area is lower part of the teeth which attaches the teeth and gums, and canal is a hole made to facilitate the procedure. For those who suffer from pain and require immediate attention, we have listed few FAQs we get from our clients.
1.What are the causes and signs that I require a root canal?
The causes may be:
- Decay of teeth
- You have had repeated dental restorations that may have damaged your teeth
- Trauma or force faced due to accident to the teeth
- A crack or chipping of tooth
The signs of damage are:
- Sensitivity after eating hot or cold that lasts long
- Discomfort while eating
- Pain ranging from dull to severe
- Pain so bad that itwakes you from sleep
- A visible change in color of teeth
- While the most concrete will definitely be a diagnosis by your dentist by checking or x-ray.
2. Is it painful?
If you have reached to the point of needing root canal then that means you already have infection in the end of your root which in some cases can be extremely painful and the root canal targets the infection giving you relief. Since we use latest technique and anesthesia the pain will be barely there and you will be completely comfortable.
3.How is it done?
The very first step is a counseling session with our endodontist, to assess the damage and to take an X-ray. Then local anesthesia will be given and as soon as it kicks in and numbs the area a small opening will be made on the top of tooth to insert the instrument to clean the canal and make space for the dental filling.
4. How long will it take?
It usually requires two or more visits depending on the condition of the teeth. If you have an active infection then first the pus is drained and temporary filling is given till the infection goes away and when u recover from it, permanent filling is given.
5. What will be the complications?
There will be a mild discomfort that will gradually subside after 24-48 hours. For a few days your teeth may be sensitive to biting, chewing. Proper dose of medicines will be prescribed to make sure you feel the most minimum of pain and discomfort.
6. Will my teeth me damaged in any way?
There is a lot of misconceptions like the color will change or you will be always sensitive which is not true. Whatever discomfort you feel will be temporary. Only extra thing you may need is due to the infection, the teeth may be a bit fragile so sometimes a dental crowns may be needed to provide extra support but it is not required in all cases.
7. What will happen if I left it untreated and what difference us between root canal and extraction?
If you leave it untreated, needless to say you will be in a great deal of pain and discomfort along with that your teeth might be permanently damaged. Root canal is different and better than root extraction because it allows your natural tooth to stay. Extraction usually causes pain, discomfort may need restoration as well as biting problems .No doubt the medical technologies allow the chance of replacing the teeth but what we may all agree upon is that the best way to tackle any problem is to stay as natural as possible and no matter how advanced the technologies are, nothing beats a natural teeth.