Robert E. Lane, DMD, PA
Cosmetic & General Dentist located in Boca Raton, FL
Hearing you need a root canal is scary, but the procedure is actually quick and, typically, pain-reducing. If you’re experiencing tooth pain, gum inflammation, or other symptoms that may indicate the need for root canal treatment, see Robert E. Lane DMD, PA at Lane Dental. He’s pleased to provide effective diagnostics, endodontic referrals, and crowns for people who need this treatment in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Deerfield Beach, Florida. Call or book an appointment online today to learn more about root canals.
Root Canal Q & A
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a quick and typically painless procedure that treats a damaged or diseased tooth. During the procedure, an endodontist removes the infected or inflamed pulp of the tooth, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the canal, then fills and seals the area to keep bacteria out. You may at that point receive a temporary crown.
Soon after the procedure, you’ll return to Dr. Lane’s office to have a permanent crown or other type of restoration added. This will keep your tooth strong, stable, and functioning like normal.
Why would I need a root canal?
Root canals help when the inside root area of a tooth becomes infected or inflamed. These symptoms can derive from numerous causes, including:
- An injury to a tooth, which may or may not cause visible signs
- Repeated dental procedures on the same tooth
- Severe decay in a tooth
- Tooth cracking or chipping
You may need a root canal if you experience:
- Long-lasting tooth sensitivity to cold or heat
- Tenderness to chewing or touch on the area
- Tooth discoloration
- Tenderness in your lymph nodes or surrounding gum tissues
All of that said, sometimes issues such as an infection cause no apparent symptoms for awhile.
Will I be in pain after the procedure?
Most root canals are performed to relieve pain caused by infection or inflammation. When that’s the case, you’ll likely feel less pain following the procedure than you did beforehand. You’ll feel comfortable during your root canal, thanks to anesthetics.
After the medications from your procedure wear off, the tooth may feel a bit sensitive for a few days. Over-the-counter painkillers or an ice pack can help alleviate this discomfort. Avoid biting or chewing with the tooth until it’s been restored. If you experience severe or unmanageable pain, contact Dr. Lane promptly.
Can all teeth be saved with a root canal?
Most teeth can be safely and effectively treated with an endodontic procedure. Rarely, a tooth can’t be saved because the root is severely fractured or can’t be reached. If this is the case for you, Dr. Lane or your endodontist can recommend other options.