8 Common Questions about root canal treatment

8 Common Questions about root canal treatment

Here are the most common questions asked to the experts at Maple Hill Family Dentistry, over the years:

Are root canal treatments painful?

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.

How many dental visits do I need to complete my root canal treatment?

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.

Should I have my tooth pulled and get an implant or just live with the gap?

Know your options – pulling the tooth is not the only alternative. You can also choose to go for dental bridges.

What will happen if I don’t do the root canal treatment?

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.

How do I know if I have an abscessed tooth?

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.

My dentist gave me antibiotic and now my pain is gone. Is the infection gone as well?

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.

Are there ways to help anxious patients? Can the root canal treatment be done under general anaesthesia?

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.

Why should I see an endodontist for my root canal treatment? can my dentist do it?

There are doctors and then there are surgeons. Similarly, there are dentists and then there are endodontists.