Why a Root Canal is Not as Painful as it Sounds

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Minor breakdown of a tooth and the enamel from cavities or injury may only require basic dental procedures such as fillings, cleanings, or other restorative interventions. If the damage goes beyond the enamel and results in infection within the tooth, then a root canal procedure may be necessary. At Wollaston Dental Group located in Wollaston and Quincy, MA, our dentists provide quality care including root canal procedures while putting our patients’ worries about dental surgery at ease.

What is a root canal?

Tooth decay that is detected early can be removed or reversed with basic dental restoration such as cavity fillings. Decay that goes beyond the enamel can infect the inner tooth pulp. This can cause excruciating tooth, gum, and jaw pain. A root canal procedure removes the infected tooth pulp, nerves, and decay from the tooth. The tooth is also disinfected and filled with dental strengthening material. A root canal procedure may be recommended by our team to prevent further harm or infection to your oral health.

What are the symptoms of a tooth pulp infection?

A tooth pulp infection can result from poor hygiene, tooth cracks, cavities, and physical trauma to the tooth. Symptoms of a tooth pulp infection include:

· Tooth pain

· Jaw pain

· Temperature sensitivity

· Swelling or bump on the gums around the infected tooth

· Darkening of the tooth

If the infection is not treated within the appropriate time frame, the infection could worsen and spread, causing further damage to your teeth, gums, and jaw, which can result in a full tooth extraction.

Does a root canal hurt?

During a root canal procedure, the patient is issued anesthesia to numb the mouth. Nitrous oxide is also offered for patients who are particularly nervous about dental work on their mouth. Generally, with the anesthesia and/or nitrous oxide, the procedure is relatively pain-free.

What happens during a root canal procedure?

A root canal procedure is an outpatient, same-day dental surgery. After anesthesia or sedation is administered, our dentists go in and examine the inner chamber of the tooth. Infected and decayed structures such as the tooth pulp, nerves, and tooth material are removed. The tooth is then thoroughly disinfected to eliminate bacteria and then filled with strengthening material to prevent further tooth breakdown.

What can I expect after the root canal procedure?

After completing the root canal procedure, a patient can expect to have some mild oral tenderness for a few days. Our dentists will prescribe anti-inflammatory medication to manage the pain and then follow-up with the patient within a few weeks. Oftentimes, our team will place a crown around the postoperative tooth to preserve function and structural integrity.

Does dental insurance cover a root canal?

In most cases, dental insurance will offer at least partial coverage for a root canal. Our team at Wollaston Dental Group understands that each insurance policy will vary in coverage and will work with every individual patient to develop reasonable and flexible payment plans.

Where do I go to inquire about a root canal procedure?

If you are experiencing any troubling oral symptoms such as tooth and jaw pain, call Wollaston Dental Group and schedule your consultation today. Using our team approach, our dentists located in Wollaston and Quincy, MA will work with you to assess your symptoms and create an effective dental care plan that is stress- and pain-free.

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