What Is Root Canal Therapy?

During root canal therapy, Dr. Berchelmann will remove an infection deep inside your tooth. Then we’ll use a dental crown to protect the tooth and prevent future infection. Root canal therapy will save your tooth and make the pain go away

The tooth pulp is the center within the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and other soft tissue. You have two root canals that travel from the tip of the tooth’s root up to the pulp chamber.

During root canal therapy, we use special tools to remove the infected pulp. Afterward, the tooth is cleaned and disinfected. Finally, the tooth is filled and sealed using a rubbery material called natural polymer. 

If left untreated, an infected root canal may have dire consequences. The infection can spread to other teeth and surrounding tissue. In some more severe cases, an untreated root canal has led to life-threatening complications.

Myth: Root Canal Therapy is Extremely Painful

One of the biggest myths surrounding root canal therapy is that it’s extremely painful. Fortunately, this isn’t the case. Using local anesthesia and numbing agents, the procedure is rendered painless in most cases.

While you may experience some discomfort during the procedure, there should be no pain. After root canal therapy, many patients describe discomfort while the tooth heals. But this discomfort is far preferable to the pain, inconvenience, and symptoms that can occur if the tooth is left untreated:

  • Tooth decay
  • Pulp decay
  • Pressure sensitivity
  • Bone loss
  • Discoloration
  • Swelling and tenderness in nearby gums

Receiving root canal therapy, for many, can be life-changing. If the infection has progressed far enough to create extreme discomfort and related health issues. Root canal therapy allows patients to return to a normal, healthy lifestyle.

Who is a Candidate for Veneers?

Everyone deserves a stunning smile that they aren’t afraid to show off, and dental veneers can help you achieve this. They’re perfect for people looking to boost their self-confidence and improve their social interactions.

With porcelain veneers, people who have been hesitant to smile around others can talk and laugh freely. They’re also perfect for those looking to improve their platonic and romantic relationships.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canal Therapy

Does root canal therapy hurt?

With numbing agents and localized anesthesia, the process should be relatively painless.

Should my tooth hurt a week after the procedure?

Most of your pain should subside after a few days. If you’re still feeling discomfort a week after the procedure, contact our office right away and we’ll help you with your pain.

What is root canal retreatment?

In some cases, a tooth that has been treated with root canal therapy can become reinfected. Retreatment is when a dentist performs root canal therapy on the same tooth for a second time. 

What is a hot tooth?

A hot tooth is an infected tooth requires root canal therapy that’s very sensitive to the touch, making treatment difficult. In these cases, Dr. Berchelmann will take the necessary precautions to comfortably perform your procedure.

How can you tell if a tooth is dead?

A tooth is dead once it is no longer receiving a fresh supply of blood. Common signs of a dead tooth are pain, discoloration, and bad breath. 

How do I know if the nerves in my teeth are dead?

Pain, bad smell, puss, and discoloration are all signs that the nerves in your tooth have died.

Can root canal therapy cause headaches?

In some cases, root canal therapy may cause discomfort and mild pain that could result in a headache. Contact our office right away if this occurs and we’ll make sure you get the appropriate care.

How long does root canal therapy take?

Root canal therapy takes 90 minutes on average. Of course, this varies from patient to patient, and your procedure could take longer.

Get Your Health and Smile Back With Berchelmann Family Dental

Don’t let your infection go untreated — it’s not going to get better on its own. Dr. Berchelmann and his expert staff will answer any questions you have about root canal therapy and walk you through the steps. Give us a call at (210)-336-8478 to learn more.

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