Everything You Need to Know about Root Canals

When you hear about root canal therapy at Cros Dental in Rancho Mirage, it might make you feel a bit uneasy. Truth be told, sometimes the most fearless patients cringe when we mention the common endodontic procedure. There are many questions that we frequently get asked, including the most common one — does it hurt to get root canal therapy?

Does Root Canal Therapy Hurt?

The answer is no. Root canal therapy in Rancho Mirage relieves pain and sensitivity and saves teeth from extraction. By removing the diseased inner tissues of your tooth, root canals deliver pain-free, healthy smiles.

When are Root Canals Necessary?

When tooth decay or injury reaches in the inner pulp of a tooth, root canal therapy is necessary to stop the infection, end pain and save the tooth. The nerve system of a tooth is housed within the pulp. When damage or decay gets to the inner nerve, the result can be a great deal of pain.

Do I Need a Root Canal?

Only a skilled and experienced dentist will know for sure if root canal therapy is the appropriate solution to restore your oral health, but there are a few warning signs you can look out for, including:

  • Severe tooth pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Darkening of the enamel near the gum line
  • Gum infection around the affected tooth

What Happens During Root Canal Treatment?

The entire contents of the inner chamber are removed during root canal treatment. This includes the pulp and the nerves. The empty space is cleaned, disinfected and filled. The last step in the process is to place a porcelain crown on the weakened tooth.

How do I Care for My Smile after Root Canal?

After the root canal treatment, you can resume your every day oral hygiene routine. Brush two times a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a mildly abrasive ADA-approved toothpaste. Use a waxed dental floss at least once daily.

How do I Prevent the Need for Root Canal Treatment?

You can avoid excessive tooth decay by maintaining good dental care habits at home and then getting two routine dentist visits twice a year. By being diligent about your oral health, you will keep your smile healthy and functioning well.