Here are the most common questions asked to the experts at Maple Hill Family Dentistry, over the years:
In general, most people will tell you that root canal treatments are indeed painful. It is a surgical process which requires disintegration of the infected root with the tooth. Hence, it would be healthy to expect some pain. In addition to that, in the hands of an experienced dental expert, it can be seamless.
This is a very subjective question and depends upon the specific case you have. In general, two to three sessions at the least should be your expectation.
Know your options – pulling the tooth is not the only alternative. You can also choose to go for dental bridges.
If your dentist has recommended a root canal treatment and you are not willing to go for it, you are taking up a huge risk by allowing the infected roots to spread the infection in the neighbouring roots.
The tooth’s colour will become darker, in comparison to its surround tooth. You can expect swelling in the roots and on the gums. Plus, there will be difficulty in eating even normal food.
No. Antibiotics are short term fixes. They may get rid of the bodies temporarily causing the pain, yet, they do not take care of the infection itself.
There is not much to be anxious about. Root canal, by no means, is a risk to your life. For the usage of anaesthesia, it would depend on your dentist and whether she is ready to perform the root canal under the supervision of an anaesthesia expert or not.
There are doctors and then there are surgeons. Similarly, there are dentists and then there are endodontists.