Root canals have an unfairly bad reputation.

Many patients see a root canal as a last resort which will inevitably end in discomfort. But root canals are a helpful and generally comfortable procedure for most patients. Root canals can save a tooth which would otherwise be lost to advanced decay. Talk about a misunderstood procedure!

Root Canals Winston Salem Dentist Office

About Root Canals

Your dentist will recommend a root canal over a regular filling if a cavity spreads beyond the crown and into the pulp of your tooth. A root canal is a rubber replacement for the nerve of your tooth.

While the patient is under local anesthetic, we make a small opening in the biting surface of the tooth. We clean out the natural insides of the tooth (don’t worry, you’ll be numb!), which leaves up to four tooth canals open and void. We then insert a rubber-like substance into the tooth canals. This substance acts as a moisture and airtight barrier between the root and the bone surrounding the tooth.

Though everyone’s situation is different, most patients who come into our office with little to no discomfort prior to their root canal have very comfortable procedures. They usually leave and recover with mild, easily manageable tenderness.

But some patients come in for their root canal with what we call a “hot tooth”. This term identifies a tooth that takes extra care to numb and keep comfortable after the procedure. These patients have usually been hurting for days before the procedure.

They’re just short of losing their tooth to an extraction. Unfortunately, there is no procedure that will cure them of all their discomfort in a snap, although an initial treatment visit, some pain meds and perhaps an antibiotic & steroid can go a long way. No need to blame the root canal!

  • Tooth pain that doesn’t go away easily. This pain may wake you at night.
  • Darkened tooth following a physical trauma.
  • A pimple on your gums that appears, and may ooze liquid or pus.

After a root canal, we need to address the problems that harmed your tooth in the first place. Decay is the main reason why most people need a root canal. Be careful about the food and drink you consume and take your oral hygiene seriously!

The molars and premolars, behind your canine teeth, always require a foundation and crown after a root canal. The front teeth, depending on the strength of the tooth before and after the root canal, may or may not need a crown.  Your dentist will know for sure.

If you need an evaluation to see if you need a root canal, please call and make an appointment with us today at 336-765-3357 before your problem tooth gets worse.

Your comfort comes first here at Distinctively Dental, let us show you how.