At Advanced Dental Artistry we are in the business of saving
teeth; however, at times teeth cannot be saved. Teeth may need
to be extracted for the following reasons: periodontal disease,
extensive decay, fractures, impactions (wisdom teeth) and/or for
The term “root canal” is one of the most feared terms in
dentistry. It seems to automatically invoke a perception of pain
and discomfort. The reputation of pain typically associated with
“having a root canal”; however, is really not deserved. Modern
dentistry has simplified the process and has made the patient’s
experience much more comfortable. Most patients who have had a
root canal usually report that the procedure itself was “not
that bad” and “similar to having a filling placed”.
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- What is it? Non diseased teeth are actually
living entities. Inside each tooth resides the pulp chamber
which provides nutrients, moisture and nerve fibers to the
tooth. The pulp runs in a three dimensional canal down and
through the root of a tooth. When the pulp is diseased or
injured, the pulp tissue dies. If the tissue is not removed,
your tooth will get infected, painful and you could lose it.
After the pulp is removed the root canal is cleaned, filled
and sealed off to protect it. When the root canal is completed
the tooth becomes brittle since it is no longer living and no
longer has its nutritional support. In order to protect a
tooth that has had a root canal it is necessary to cover it
with a crown or cap which “holds” the tooth together and
protects it from breaking.
- How is the procedure done? Most of the time, a
root canal is a relatively simple and routine procedure.
Depending on the complexity, the “root canal” may take one to
two visits to complete. After the root canal is finished, two
additional appointments are needed to complete the crown
portion of the procedure.
- Symptoms of a tooth needing a root canal include:
1) Sensitivity to hot and cold foods, liquids, etc. 2)
Spontaneous tooth pain. 3) Throbbing, dull pain. 4) Lingering
pain. 5) Pain when chewing on the tooth. 6) Pain that keeps
you awake at night.
- Results you can expect: You can expect to experience
little or no discomfort during the procedure. About 20% of
patients experience some discomfort following the procedure
that generally goes away within the first week. If discomfort
persists beyond a week, please contact our office.