How a Root Canal Can Help Relieve Pain
What your dentists in Findlay want you to know
If you have a painful tooth, your first thought may be to take the tooth out, but that might be a mistake. Once a tooth is removed, you are faced with reduced ability to chew your food, and a smile with an unsightly gap. If you want to replace the tooth, choices can be expensive. Why not try to save the tooth with root canal treatment? Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Austin Hoffner at Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay, OH want to share how a root canal can help relieve your dental pain.
You might need a root canal because a tooth has been traumatized by an accident or injury. You might also need a root canal because of untreated dental decay which has penetrated into the inside of your tooth. Whatever the cause, your tooth can become inflamed, producing pressure and pain.
A root canal treatment relieves pain by removing the diseased and dying tissue from inside of your tooth, eliminating infection and inflammation. Treatment starts with your dentist creating a small opening at the top of your tooth. He inserts small instruments called files into the opening and draws out the diseased tissue through the opening. A sedative material is placed inside your tooth and the opening is temporarily sealed.
The sedative material reduces inflammation and pressure, helping your tooth to calm down. After your pain is gone, the tooth is reopened and a permanent inert material is placed inside your tooth. The opening is sealed permanently with a small metal filling.
It is highly recommended to have a crown placed on a tooth that has had a root canal. That’s because teeth can become brittle and more prone to fracture after having a root canal. Your tooth will need more protection from strong biting and chewing forces.
If you have a painful tooth, before you decide to have the tooth extracted, think about saving the tooth with root canal treatment. For more information about root canals and other restorative and cosmetic treatments, call Dr. Anderson and Dr. Hoffner at Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay, OH. Get rid of your dental pain by calling today!