Getting to the Root of the Problem

Root Canal Overview

Let’s be honest here. A root canal is nobody’s idea of a walk in the park. But there is also a lot of misinformation about this common procedure, especially when it comes to the pain involved. When performed properly by a skilled, dedicated team of dental professionals like ours at Brosy Family Dentistry, a root canal can be a lot less painful or anxiety-provoking than most people imagine.

When teeth become infected, there is usually a direct correlation to the nerves in the root of the tooth. The best course of treatment is to completely remove the infected nerves to prevent further spread of infection in the mouth. Left untreated, infections can quickly become abcesses, which is why most people associate pain with root canals. This can lead to even more serious problems such as bone loss in the jaw. With the right preventative and early detection techniques, a root canal doesn’t have to be a negative experience. Learn more about root canals at Brosy Family Dentistry in Reno.

What to Expect with a Root Canal

With an infected tooth, time is of the essence, so it’s important to contact Dr. Erin Anderson  as soon as you suspect a problem. Once Dr. Anderson has ruled out other treatments and determined that a root canal is needed, she will numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic to begin the procedure. Note: in the case of back teeth or molars needing root canals, Dr. Anderson may refer you to a specialist known as an endodontist for your treatment.

Root Canal Treatment Overview

When you develop an infection, Dr. Anderson (link to bio) will work with you on an individual basis to determine the best course of treatment for your dental health now and in the future.

If she determines that a root canal is needed, she will first numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic to begin the procedure. Then, she drills down into the tooth, creating an opening in the canal. After cleaning the canal thoroughly, she will remove the infected tissue, filling the space with gutta percha, a sealant. In most cases, Dr. Anderson recommends fitting a tooth that has undergone a root canal with a crown in order to strengthen the tooth and give it durability. Ultimately, a crown ensures that the root canal is successful not just now, but for many years to come.

Root Canal Post-Op Instructions

Dr. Anderson will use local anesthetics and pain medication to ensure your procedure is as painless as possible. As with any oral procedure, you may experience some soreness afterward, and it might be a good idea to arrange for a ride after your treatment. In the case of soreness, over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen can help alleviate the pain. Soon, you’ll be back to eating all the foods you enjoy without pain from the heat, cold or from biting too hard.