When you need root canal treatment, you can trust the experienced dental team at Washington Court House Dental to take good care of you and your teeth. A root canal is necessary when the pulp and nerve inside a tooth are inflamed or infected. The infection could be due to decay, a crack in the tooth, or a nerve that has experienced some trauma. The infected and irritated tooth may cause persistent pain in your mouth. If you believe there is a problem with one of your teeth, it’s best to get it looked at by a root canal dentist immediately.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
First, the area of your damaged tooth will be numbed with local anesthesia. The dentist will then remove the infected or irritated pulp and nerve through an access hole that has been drilled into the tooth. The inside of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. If there is an infection, your dentist may want to apply some medication to clear up the infection.
Some root canal procedures can be finished in one appointment. The dentist will seal the tooth with a permanent filling, and you’ll be on your way. In other cases, the dentist may seal the tooth with a temporary filling, and the sealant will be finalized at the next appointment. If the infected tooth needs further support or protection, a dental crown or another type of restoration will be applied.
How Painful is Root Canal Treatment?
Contrary to popular belief, root canal treatment is not painful at all. When the area is properly numbed, you should feel no discomfort. In fact, some patients fall asleep during the procedure!
If you are concerned about pain during the procedure, we do offer different options for relaxation, including a painless injection technique. We want your experience to be as comfortable as possible.
Are There Any Alternatives to Root Canals?
When your tooth is irritated and infected, the only alternative to a root canal is tooth extraction. Root canals save teeth. Extraction could lead to further dental issues down the road.
What Are Some Signs That I Need a Root Canal?
You may need a root canal if you are experiencing:
- Pain in your tooth when you chew
- Lasting sensitivity to hot or cold
- Darkening of the tooth
- Tender, swelling gums
- Pimples on the gums
Some people experience one or more of these symptoms. Others experience no symptoms at all. This is one reason it’s very important to get your teeth cleaned and examined every six months. An X-ray will reveal the damage caused by an infection in your tooth.
Can a General Dentist Perform a Root Canal, or Do You Need a Specialist?
General dentists do have training in root canals, and they can perform them. The dentists at Washington Court House Dental have gone through extensive continuing education to further their skill set. We perform most root canals right here in our office. However, if we believe a case should see a specialist, we will refer when it is in the best interest of the patient.
Will Insurance Cover Root Canal Treatment?
Most insurance plans cover 80-100% of the cost of a root canal.
Why Choose Washington Court House Dental for Root Canal Treatment?
We offer root canal treatment right here in our comfortable dental practice. Because we are in the network with most insurance plans, your treatment should be affordable. At Washington Court House Dental, you’ll receive personalized care from highly experienced dentists. We have an open-communication policy, which means you’ll get all the information you need to know prior to any treatments or procedures. Our dental techniques are always up-to-date, and we use technologically-advanced equipment.
Do you have a painful tooth that should get treated? Please give our dental office a call at 740-333-7290 or book an appointment online. Washington Court House Dental is your go-to office for all your dental needs in and around Washington Court House, Ohio.