When you are recovering from a dental infection, you will need to discuss options with our team about how to prevent it from recurring at a later date.
Depending on the cause of the root canal, and the condition of the tooth that it is on top of, there are 2 choices. The first, which is most suited for teeth that are decayed beyond repair is an extraction, which will probably involve some stitching and a bit of soreness.
The second (and less popular option) is a root canal, which will save the tooth, will restore the strength to your bite and keep your smile intact.
So, why are extractions still the most popular of these 2 options?
At Adams Dental, we are proud to be able to offer our patients both of these options and will of course discuss the pros and cons of each treatment with you. However, as a general rule, our dentist in Southgate will usually opt for a root canal if possible as it prevents further issues in the future and keeps your smile free of gaps and misalignments. Perfect!
But we know that root canals can seem scary and so, we have answered 5 FAQs that our dentist in Southgate is regularly asked about this procedure.
Do root canals hurt?
No; in fact, many patients report a minimising of the discomfort that they felt due to the dental infection once they have had a root canal fitted.
However, our dentist in Southgate will also ensure that your mouth is numbed before beginning the procedure and of course, if you feel any discomfort, please let us know!
Will my tooth die afterwards?
This is a common myth surrounding root canals and the answer is no.
Your tooth will not die, it will not turn black and it won’t fall out. It may feel a bit tender for a few days following the procedure, however, a root canal is performed to promote the longevity of a previously damaged tooth. And so, once the initial soreness has faded, you will be able to use your tooth as you did before!
What if the infection comes back?
It is exceedingly unlikely that an oral infection will recur once you have had a root canal performed.
But, if the infection does come back, then our team may refer you to a specialist endodontist to oversee the next procedure.
How long will a root canal last?
Provided that you maintain good oral hygiene, keep up with your dental appointments with our team and refrain from things like smoking, your root canal should last the rest of your life without hassle. If you think it’s failing, contact our team promptly.
Are there any side effects I should know about?
It is common for the area underneath the tooth to feel sore or bruised after you have had a root canal fitted.
If there are few side effects and any that are uncomfortable, they should be explored by our dental team urgently.