It often starts off as that little zing of sensitivity you feel when you're enjoying your morning coffee. No big deal if it goes away immediately, right? Then maybe it's a bit more constant pain, but nothing that ibuprofen can't handle. Not to worry, right? The next thing you know, your tooth is waking you up at night with a severe toothache, and your dentist in Baton Rouge is telling you that you need a root canal. How did this happen? And how will a root canal help?
What is a Root Canal?
When you experience trauma, a fracture, an injury, or decay that reaches the pulp of your tooth it can cause an infection, not to mention severe pain. The infected or diseased tissue needs to be removed from your tooth to eliminate your infection and preserve your natural tooth structure, and this is what a root canal does.
Dr. Palm will remove the infected tissue from your tooth through a small hole in the top. When your tooth is clean and infection-free, the hole is sealed with a temporary filling and given time to heal. When your tooth has healed, it needs to be built up with either a permanent filling or dental crown to ensure that it's as strong as it was and can provide all the function of eating and chewing it provided before.
Does a Root Canal Hurt?
Root canals have gotten a bad reputation in the past because they're usually related to pain, and if you need a root canal, it is likely that you are in pain. However, it is the dental infection that's causing your pain, and root canal therapy relieves it.
Today's instruments and techniques are so improved that most patients are pleasantly surprised at how comfortable root canal therapy actually is. Dental anesthetics are used to ensure you don't feel anything throughout your procedure, while nickel titanium electric tools provide more flexibility, which makes the procedure more comfortable and efficient for our patients.