When you hear the words root canal, you probably don’t feel all warm and fuzzy inside. In fact, even the bravest dental patients feel a little anxious when we mention a root canal. In this post, we’ll walk you through answers to some of those questions we hear most often about root canals, including the big one – does root canal therapy hurt?
Does Root Canal Therapy Hurt?
It doesn’t! Actually, root canal therapy not only relieves the toothache and dental sensitivity that may occur leading up to this treatment. It may also save a tooth from being extracted. By removing the damaged pulp and nerve tissue of your tooth, root canal therapy allows our team to deliver healthy, pain free smiles.
When are Root Canals Necessary?
Root canal therapy is necessary when tooth decay or damage reaches the inner most layer of the tooth, the pulp, where the nerve is housed. Within the pulp, the entire nerve system of a tooth is housed, and when damage or decay directly accesses the tooth’s nerve, the result can be serious toothache and dental sensitivity.
Do I Need a Root canal?
A skilled restorative dentist can tell you for certain whether or not you need a root canal, but some of the warnings signs that you’re in need of root canal therapy include:
- Severe toothache
- Dental sensitivity
- Darkening of tooth enamel color near the gum line
- Infection in the gums around a tooth
What Happens During Root Canal Treatment?
During root canal therapy, we remove the entire pulp and nerve system of a damaged tooth. Then, we refill the tooth. Finally, a dental crown is placed to protect your root canal treated tooth from further damage or decay.
How do I Care for My Smile after Root Canal?
Following root canal therapy, you should be able to go back to brushing, flossing, and visiting our office as usual to keep your smile healthy. The only changes we may recommend are in the oral hygiene products you use. We will recommend soft toothbrushes and minimally abrasive toothpaste as well as waxed dental floss to avoid unnecessary wear or damage to your restoration.
How do I Prevent the Need for Root Canal Treatment?
Preventing root canal therapy is as simple as maintaining an in-office and at-home hygiene routine to keep your smile whole and healthy. That starts with brushing and flossing daily and visiting our team twice a year. You should also avoid using your teeth as tools to open packages or crack nuts, stop biting nails or eating ice, and use mouthguards as directed to protect teeth during sports events and from nighttime teeth grinding and clenching.
Meet Dr. Shem-Tov
Eli Shem-Tov, DDS has years of advanced training and hands on experience providing safe, effective root canal therapy. If you’re in need of a root canal, North York Dental is happy to offer these services for our patients. Please don’t hesitate to contact our North York, Ontario dental office to learn more or schedule a treatment consultation. If you’re experiencing a severe toothache or dental sensitivity, don’t wait another moment. Reach out to our team right away, so we can help you relieve pain and restore your smile.