Am I a Candidate for a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy is a process of removing a bacterial infection that has grown in the pulp of your tooth. This can be due to serious decay, large fillings that are past their “best before date,” tooth trauma, or even a great deal of dental work on the same tooth over the course of time. If you have any of these conditions, then you could be a candidate for a root canal.
Are There Other Options?
Well, you could do nothing. If you go this route, though, the tooth will ultimately become abscessed and you will end up in great pain. Clearly, this is not a good idea, so it would be wise to consider whether you might be a good candidate for a root canal.
You could also choose to have the tooth extracted. However, if you do, then you are going to have to take measures to have the tooth replaced in order to avoid having the surrounding teeth try to shift into the gap. This can lead to difficulty with cleaning, and that could lead to gum disease or even more decay. Not only do you lose the tooth, you incur the expense of replacing it. So again, the better option is to find out if you are a candidate for a root canal.
Will a Root Canal Hurt?
Even if you have the lowest tolerance for pain of anyone you know, you can still be a candidate for a root canal, because the procedure is painless. It is done using a local anesthetic, so you will feel nothing more than you would if you were just having a filling done.
Once the decayed material is extracted, your dentist will make a crown for you that will protect the underlying tooth from any further damage.
What About After the Treatment?
Once your root canal therapy is completed, you may experience some discomfort. Usually it will go away after a few days, and in the meantime can usually be eased by taking an over-the-counter pain remedy. If your pain is severe, your dentist can prescribe something stronger.
If you are experiencing dental discomfort, and wondering if you could be a candidate for a root canal, get in touch with Thomas J. Pray, DDS. Our dentist office is located at 128 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 120202. You can reach us by phoning 518-885-8321, or if you would rather arrange an appointment online, just visit our Contact Us page.