Root canal therapy is a common dental procedure used to save a tooth that’s become infected. Put simply, when bacteria makes its way to the inside of your tooth, infection and inflammation can spread to the dental pulp and the root canal – which rests inside and underneath each of your teeth.
At Cypress DDS, we frequently help patients preserve their teeth with expert root canal treatment in Cypress, CA. Learn more about the procedure and the many questions that patients have about it below.
Unfortunately, root canal treatment (often simplified to: “Root canal”) has a reputation for being painful and uncomfortable. This leads us to the first most frequently asked questions about root canal treatment:
“Is Root Canal Treatment Painful?”
You’ll be happy to know the answer here is: no. The reputation root canals have for being painful comes from a combination of misconceptions. First, dental science has come a long way. Years ago, patients had to bear drilling and cleaning of the root canal with limited anesthesia – which had a tendency to be very painful. On top of this, the pain associated with the toothache from an infected root canal also makes patients assume the procedure is painful. In reality, root canal treatment with modern anesthesia is virtually painless and no more uncomfortable than a common filling. If you’re nervous about pain and discomfort and think you might need a root canal, realize this: root canal treatment is designed to alleviate pain, not cause it.
What symptoms are associated with the need for root canal therapy?
There are occasions when there are actually no symptoms present when a patient needs root canal treatment. However, more often than not, there are a few indicators and they are generally hard to ignore.
- Sensitivity that persists after hot or cold stimuli have been removed.
- Severe pain when you apply pressure to a tooth while eating
- A tooth that’s become disccolored over time
- Gums that are swollen, tender, or bleeding near a painful tooth
- A pimple-like bump on your teeth
How to avoid needing a root canal
Apart from regular visits to your dentist, the best way to avoid the need for root canal treatment is to take good care of your teeth, that means regular brushing (twice to three times a day) and flossing, while also working to minimize bacteria in your mouth with mouth washes and other anti-bacterial rinses.
What are the causes of a root canal?
Generally, the causes of infection or inflammation that lead to the need for root canal treatment center around bacteria that reaches its way to the inside of your tooth. This can come from the following source:
- A tooth that’s been injured or broken
- Dental procedures performed on the same tooth
- A deep, untreated cavity
Have more questions about root canals? For patients in Cypress, CA we’re here to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and wave goodbye to pain.