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Patient education is a very important part of the services offered at Springbrook Family Dentistry. Our team will always go out of their way to explain the need for any procedure and how it will benefit your oral health. But you still may have questions, and we encourage you to share with us anything that is a concern to you. We believe that the only silly question is the one that goes unasked!
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You may have heard that root canals are painful, arduous procedures. But that outdated reputation is far from the truth. When you have a root canal in Elma, NY, you will likely experience significant relief from the pain and sensitivity caused by your infected, diseased, or damaged tooth.
Root canals are life savers for teeth because they prevent the tooth from having to be extracted. Saving a tooth is always the top priority for dentists. Not only are missing teeth problematic for your bone structure, but the empty space permits other teeth to move out of place. When a tooth is extracted, you’ll also need to consider replacing it. So dentists use root canals to restore teeth whenever they can be saved.
The Root Canal Procedure
Despite popular belief, you will not feel any pain during your root canal. Your dentist will numb the area thoroughly with a local anesthetic before starting. The entire procedure will only last about 90 minutes, and afterward, you may be sore for a few days. Your dentist will ask you to avoid chewing on the tooth until you get your permanent crown.
In the end, having a root canal is no more painful than getting a tooth filling. You’ll go home a bit numb and sore, but your pain from the problem tooth will be gone. Call our office to learn more about this procedure or to talk to our staff.
When the nerve of a tooth becomes infected, it can lead to serious problems including bone loss, pain, and even tooth loss. In order to treat a deep infection into the nerve, a root canal may be required. This treatment will save your tooth from needing to be extracted. However, it cannot preserve the tooth structure that has already been lost to decay. In many cases, a dental crown is recommended to ensure the future health and longevity of your tooth following a root canal.
What happens during a root canal?
To better understand why your tooth may need a crown following your root canal, it is important to understand the tooth structure loss that occurs.
- First, the diseased tissue is removed from the tooth. This includes the hard tooth structure that has become soft from decay along with the nerve of the tooth.
- The nerve inside the root structure of the tooth is then removed with small instruments called files
- The space where the nerve used to be is then filled to prevent bacteria from re-entering into the tooth
After the root canal the remaining healthy tooth structure may be greatly reduced in size. This is where the benefit of a dental crown comes in.
The Benefits of a Dental Crown
Teeth with root canals are often greatly weakened from the loss of tooth structure from extensive decay. This is why a filling is often not enough to protect the tooth after the root canal. These teeth need to be supported on the exterior to make sure they do not break.
- Support: Crowns fit over the outside of the tooth, helping to give it strength back to prevent breakage in the future
- Durability: Dental crowns are made out of a very hard type of porcelain that holds up well to the heavy forces in your mouth. With good home care, these restorations can easily last 15 years or more.
- Realistic appearance: Gone are the days of full metal crowns. Our porcelain crowns look extremely lifelike in nature and mimick the appearance of your natural tooth
The Dental Crown Procedure
Following your root canal, you can expect the following procedure in crafting your crown just for you:
- A thin layer of enamel will be removed from the exterior tooth to allow space for your crown, which will sit like a cap on top of the tooth
- A quick but precise impression will be taken of the modified tooth in order to make a model of your mouth
- You will leave that day with a temporary crown on your tooth so you can use your tooth
- You will return a short period later to get your permanent crown, hand-crafted by one of the best labs in the Buffalo area. After properly fitting it to your mouth it will be permanently cemented and you will be able to use your tooth as if nothing ever happened to it!
Schedule your appointment
Dental pain can be a serious matter and should be handled right away. If you are having tooth discomfort and think you may require a root canal, please call our office at 716-652-0600 so we can help and get you out of discomfort.
It’s a dentist’s job to do everything we can to help you avoid ever having a toothache, so finding a cavity before your tooth hurts is a good thing! There’s a problem with letting the lack of tooth pain dictate your oral health care. Most dental problems don’t have any symptoms until they’ve reached more advanced stages. At that point, our treatment options become limited and are often more complicated and costly to correct.
Waiting until you have a toothache is not a good plan for managing your oral health! We strongly encourage you to make semi-annual appointments for dental exams and professional cleanings for you and your family.
Dental Checkup and Exam
During these appointments, our dentist and hygienist will thoroughly inspect your teeth for any signs of problems. Periodontal disease (gum disease) in particular can seriously damage your teeth and gums before you ever notice a symptom. If our hygienist does find gum disease, she’ll address the problem and develop a plan for future treatment.
Preventive visits are easy and allow us to identify and address small problems before they become serious. If it’s been a while since your last exam and cleaning, we encourage you to give us a call for an appointment.