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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Endodontics (Root Canals)

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Endodontics (Root Canals)

The time it takes to complete a root canal varies based on each patient's specific needs and which tooth is being treated. For example, a molar is a larger tooth with more nerve canals than a front tooth. So removing the infected tissue from a molar may take longer than it would with another tooth. 

Overall, you can expect that your root canal treatment in Huntsville may last anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes.

man smiling in dental chairThe Root Canal Process

At King Dental, we do everything we can to keep you feeling comfortable and at ease during your root canal treatment. Dr. King is gentle and experienced, so you can rest assured that you're in good hands when working with him.

Once your tooth has had time to heal, and we're sure it's infection-free, Dr. King may recommend a crown or permanent filling to rebuild your tooth. Since root canal treatment can make your tooth brittle, it's important to strengthen it with a restoration, such as a crown or permanent filling. Strengthening your tooth ensures that you'll be able to eat and chew with confidence again.

Root Canals at King Dental in Huntsville

If you have additional questions about root canal treatment in Huntsville, AL, call King Dental at (256) 880-1884 for more information.

Root canal treatment is an excellent way to eliminate a tooth infection and save your tooth from being extracted.

If you need root canal treatment in Huntsville, AL, you are likely in pain. However, an infection in your tooth actually causes the discomfort you're feeling. The infection could result from decay and bacteria reaching the nerve of your tooth or a severe tooth fracture.

Unfortunately, a tooth infection won't resolve independently, and a root canal is the only way to save your tooth.

The good news is that the first step in root canal treatment is to numb your tooth and the surrounding area, which immediately relieves your discomfort and ensures that you don't feel anything during your procedure.

Next, Dr. King carefully removes the infected tissue inside your tooth, leaving it bacteria-free. Then he'll seal your tooth with a temporary filling that will give it time to heal. 

Finally, when your tooth is completely healed, you'll return to King Dental to have a permanent crown or filling placed since root canal treatment can leave your tooth brittle. Rebuilding your tooth with a crown ensures you can eat and chew efficiently. 

If you have questions about root canals in Huntsville, call King Dental at (256) 880-1884 for more information.

Receiving the news that you need root canal therapy is never great. However, if Dr. King has diagnosed a root canal for you, it is likely that your tooth has sustained trauma, a Woman smiling after root canal therapy in Huntsville ALfracture, or infection, and diseased tissue needs to be removed from inside your tooth to preserve it. It is also likely that you are in pain, and believe it or not, root canal therapy will relieve your discomfort. If you don't remove the infected tissue from your tooth, it can progress and spread to other areas of your body, neighboring teeth, and it will likely result in tooth loss.

Root Canals in Huntsville Are Not Painful

You might have heard in the past that root canals are painful. The truth is, Dr. King will numb your tooth with a dental anesthetic that is going to relieve your pain immediately. He has performed hundreds of root canals in Huntsville, AL, so you can rest assured that he is very gentle, highly skilled and that your procedure will proceed smoothly. 

It is normal to feel mild discomfort the first few days after your procedure, but it should be nothing as intense as the pain your infection caused. 

Dr. King will also recommend that you strengthen your tooth with a permanent filling or crown after it has healed to make sure that you can eat and chew with ease. Contact King Dental today if you have any additional questions about root canal therapy. 

Because people have associated root canal therapy with discomfort in the past, there is a common myth the procedure is painful. The truth is that a root canal actually relieves pain and eliminates the infection in your tooth, which is the real source of your discomfort.

Unfortunately, root canal therapy in Huntsville, AL is typically recommended when you are already in pain, hence the association. Dr. David King may suggest a root canal in these Dental patient smiling after root canal in Huntsville ALcases:

  • A tooth that has sustained trauma that is affecting the nerve
  • When decay has reached the nerve of the tooth
  • When a tooth is cracked or fractured to the root resulting in an infection

Telltale Signs You Need a Root Canal in Huntsville

  • Pain or discomfort when biting or chewing
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold
  • A constant toothache that doesn't respond to over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen
  • Dark discoloration in your tooth
  • Swelling in your gums around the infected tooth

If Dr. King recommends root canal therapy for you, rest assured that your comfort is our top priority. Dr. King is gentle and highly skilled, and he utilizes the most effective dental anesthetics to ensure that you don't feel anything during your root canal procedure. Contact our Huntsville dentist office to learn more!

Root canals are often thought of as a painful dental treatment, but the truth is that people are usually associating the pain of the condition that makes the root canal necessary with the treatment itself.

Close up of dental patient receiving root canal treatment in HuntsvilleThe Root Canal Procedure in Huntsville, AL

Your comfort is one of our top priorities, and we will take all possible precautions to make sure that your treatment doesn’t hurt. Before we begin your root canal procedure in Huntsville, we’ll make sure that you are completely numb. You may feel some pressure, but you shouldn’t experience any pain.

Contact King Dentistry for Comfortable Dental Care in 35801

After your treatment, once the anesthetic has worn off, you may feel some discomfort, although this is still usually a huge improvement over the pain you were feeling before your treatment. This lingering discomfort is a result of the inflammation that occurs as your immune system tries to fight off the infection. Once your immune system gets the message that the infection is gone, you will feel much better. Dr. King can discuss pain control options if needed. Contact our Huntsville dentist office today to get started. 

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