Have you recently suffered from a dental infection? Ouch!
If you are like most dental patients, you will never want to experience that level of discomfort again and the idea of undertaking a root canal to resolve it is one that will probably fill you with dread.
But are root canals really that bad?
When you come to Kooringal Dental, our dentist in Wagga will treat you with care and dignity. We will always ensure that you understand any procedure that we are about to perform in enough detail to make an informed decision and in the cases of root canals, we will ensure that all of your questions are answered.
So, what are some of the most common questions that our dentist in Wagga is asked about root canals?
Does it kill the tooth?
Contrary to popular belief, having our dentist in Wagga perform a root canal will not kill the tooth.
In fact, it will actually allow you to use the tooth as you did prior to the infection. Your tooth will not turn black, fall out or become unusable following this procedure.
Is having a root canal uncomfortable?
Having a root canal should not be uncomfortable.
In fact, if you are having it performed after a dental infection, it may actually alleviate discomfort. Also, before we begin, we will always ensure that your mouth is numbed sufficiently to avoid any unpleasant sensations during the procedure.
Once it is completed and the numbing agent wears off, you will likely experience a sensation similar to bruising underneath the tooth, which is normal.
Is it better than having an extraction?
A root canal is better than having an extraction in many instances.
For one thing, it allows you to maintain the aesthetics of your smile and it enables you to keep all of your teeth functioning. It also reduces plaque and the chances of gum disease and decay by preventing a gap where these issues can go undetected in daily life.
Will I need aftercare or medication?
It depends; the most common reason many of our patients need a root canal is due to an underlying dental infection.
And based on the severity of the infection, you may have already had a course of antibiotics prior to the procedure. If you are still required to take your medication following a root canal, we suggest you stick to it, as the infection may not have healed fully.
As for aftercare following endodontic treatments, we recommend not brushing too hard and allowing the soreness which may follow to resolve before eating any hard foods.
How long will it last?
With correct care, a root canal should last the rest of your life without issue.
You will of course need to visit our team every 6 months for check-ups, maintain good oral hygiene and report any issues you feel you may be having with the restorative.
If you feel that it is becoming infected or falling out, contact us for an emergency appointment.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.