Root Canal Treatment
We understand the hype around root canals and why many people believe it’s a procedure to be feared. There are a lot of unfortunate myths and stories, but that’s all they are!
Root Canals Relieve Pain
One reason many people believe the procedure is uncomfortable is that they may already be in great pain by the time they visit the dentist for treatment. Memories of pain linger, and unfortunately, this is what patients associate with the experience. The truth is that root canals don't cause pain—they relieve it!
When you’re seated comfortably in the dental chair, and our dentist numbs your tooth, the pain disappears! The tooth will remain numb and pain-free throughout your procedure, so there's nothing to fear!
When a Root Canal Is Needed
Your tooth is composed of a protective layer of enamel, a softer layer beneath dentin, and pulp, the living tissue at the center of the tooth. When bacteria enter the pulp area, they cause an infection or abscess that can only be resolved with root canal treatment or extraction, which is the last resort.
Some signs of an infected tooth are:
- Severe tooth pain that continues to worsen
- Jaw pain or swelling
- Puffy or inflamed gums
- A bump or “pimple” on the gums
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Pain when you touch the tooth
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call us as soon as possible. A tooth infection or dental abscess that goes too long without treatment can become life-threatening as the infection can spread to other parts of your body.
What’s Involved with Root Canal Treatment?
A root canal is a straightforward procedure, especially in the hands of an experienced dentist like Dr. Katerakis. Our caring dental team does everything to ensure your comfort, including offering you a neck pillow and blanket to help you relax. We also have Bluetooth headphones in our treatment rooms so you can listen to music or your favorite podcast.
Before he begins treatment, Dr. Katerakis numbs the tooth and waits until he’s sure that you don't feel anything. When your tooth is numb, he accesses the pulp chamber and methodically removes all the infected tissue.
He then fills the hollowed-out area with a special material that helps prevent bacteria from entering and reinfecting the tooth. The final steps are to seal the tooth and place a temporary filling to protect it as it heals.
What Happens after Root Canal Treatment?
Some soreness or tenderness in the area is common for a day or two after treatment, and most people find quick relief with an OTC pain reliever like ibuprofen.
In about two weeks, you will return to our Troy, OH, dental office so that Dr. Katerakis can place a final filling or dental crown on the tooth. Root canal treatment gives a tooth a second chance, so it can give you many more years of service.
Do You Need an Emergency Root Canal?
If you are in pain and think you need an emergency root canal, please call our Troy, OH, dental office at (937) 335-7754.
We leave time in our schedule for dental emergencies and can provide prompt relief if you are in pain. Even if we cannot complete treatment that day, we can prescribe an antibiotic to relieve your pain and keep you safe until our next open appointment.