What should you know about Root Canal Treatment?

What Is A Root Canal?

When a tooth is extremely decayed or has a form of infection, dentist will determine if root canal treatment should be recommended. This recommendation is based on visual examination(s)  any x-rays, models, photos, and other diagnostic exam. Root canal treatment (also called endodontic treatment) requires removing the nerve and other tissues. It is done by first making an opening through the chewing surface of the tooth to gain access to the tooth's pulp. The contents of the canals are removed and the canals cleaned, shaped and filled. 

Benefit Of Having A Root Canal?

The intended benefit of root canal treatment is to relieve current symptoms and/or to permit to continue with any additional treatment the dentist has proposed. Root canal treatment also retains the tooth root in the mouth, permitting the tooth to be restored to proper function. 

Does a root canal hurt?

 A root canal isn’t more painful than a regular dental procedure, since patients are getting numb. However, a root canal is generally a bit sore or numb after the procedure, and can even cause mild discomfort for a few days.

Can I go to school or work after getting a root canal?

Most of patients are able to go to work or school after getting root canal treatment. However, it is advised to wait for eating until the numbness is completely gone. 

What Are The Alternatives to Endodontic Treatment?

Depending on the diagnosis, there may or may not be alternatives to root canal treatment that involve other types of dental care. The two most common alternatives to root canal treatment are: 


• Extraction

You may choose to have tooth removed. The extracted tooth usually requires, replacement by an artificial tooth by means of a fixed bridge, dental implant, or removable partial denture.


• No treatment

You may choose not to have any treatment performed at all. If I choose no treatment, your condition may worsen and you may risk serious personal injury, including severe pain or localized infection. Loss of this tooth and possibly other teeth, severe swelling and/or severe infection that may be potentially fatal.

Feel free to call or text us at our Worcester, MA office  508-756-5141 for further information.

Author
RDA Tanya Tran Registered Dental Assistant

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