Endodontics Huntsville AL
If the idea of a root canal makes you nervous, you’re not alone. Among all the dental procedures out there, root canals seem to have the worst reputation. You might be surprised to find out that this reputation is wrong. Root canal therapy itself isn’t painful – the pain comes from the infection that makes root canal therapy necessary!
What Is a Root Canal?
Endodontics is the field of dentistry that focuses on the root canal. While most people tend to refer to the treatment procedure as “getting a root canal,” this isn’t entirely accurate. A root canal is actually a part of the anatomy of your tooth. It’s a small canal within your tooth root that allows the nerve to pass through into the tooth.
Sometimes, the root canal can become infected. Because of the close proximity to the nerve, it’s not hard to see why an infection in the root canal is so painful! Without treatment, the infection could spread to other teeth or even turn into a systemic infection. This is why it’s so important to notify our Huntsville dental office right away if you are in pain.
There are also cases where root canal therapy is necessary and you are not experiencing symptoms at all. If the tooth has been traumatized in some way and the nerve is dead, you won’t feel pain. The problem, however, still needs to be resolved.
What Happens During Root Canal Therapy?
Our first priority is to make sure that you are completely comfortable. You’ll receive numbing medication so that you don’t feel a thing.
Dr. King will use special instruments designed specifically for this purpose to access the interior of the tooth. He’ll clean out the root canal and remove the damaged nerve. Once the inside is free from infection, he’ll add some medication to prevent reinfection, fill the inside with a rubber-like material called gutta percha, and close up the tooth.
Depending on the location and function of the tooth, Dr. King may also recommend protecting it with a crown. Because the nerve is removed, the tooth can become brittle, and we don’t want to risk it breaking at some point in the future.
How Soon Will I Feel Better?
Many people feel instant improvement after their root canal procedure. You’ll continue to improve over the next few days. The residual discomfort you experience is because of the inflammation caused by your immune system. Once it gets the message that the infection is gone, this inflammation will die down and you’ll be back to your usual self again!
Call Today if You Are in Pain
If you are experiencing dental pain, please don’t wait to call our office. We will get you in as quickly as possible to determine the cause of your pain and the most appropriate treatment.