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Common Root Canal Questions Posted on April 4, 2018

At Endodontics in Cranberry, we are always available to answer our patients’ questions about root canals. After all, it’s the treatment that we perform the most often, and we know that many of our patients are a bit unsure about receiving root canal treatment. Here are some of the most common questions that we receive.


Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

Your general dentist or endodontist has suggested that you receive root Root Canals Cranberrycanal treatment in Cranberry because you have experienced:

  • Pain when biting down
  • Pain when you eat or drink something hot or cold
  • Some type of tooth trauma, such as a cracked tooth or tooth fracture.

If the pulp of your tooth becomes infected, or your tooth injury is severe, you will need to get a root canal, which will take away any pain that you’re experiencing.

Should I Just Get the Damaged Tooth Pulled?

Years ago, people would often have their teeth pulled instead of getting a root canal. Unfortunately, that can often lead to other issues, as your neighboring teeth start drifting into the empty space where your damaged tooth was pulled, causing biting, eating, and speech difficulties. When you get a root canal, your tooth’s roots remain, anchoring the tooth in place. You get a crown to place on top which is made out of a very strong material and is designed to look like your other teeth. You can bite into foods and chew normally once the crown has been placed, and it lasts for many years.

Are There Painless Root Canals?

People may be surprised to learn that modern root canals, done with high-quality, state-of-the-art equipment like digital x-rays and surgical operating microscopes, are nearly pain-free. Modern anesthesia, along with equipment and treatment practices, makes this procedure an easy one for patients. If you’re worried about a painful experience, don’t be. The root canals of today are completely different than those of 50 years ago.

What Happens During a Root Canal?

Your endodontist will administer several shots of anesthetic in your gums that numbs the area completely. He or she will then remove the pulp of your tooth, which is in your root canal and cleans out any infection that is in the root or roots. Once that has been completed, they will place a material in your root canal, gutta-percha, that resists infection.

What Happens After a Root Canal?

First, your gums will feel a bit sore for a few days. Your endodontist will probably suggest that you take some over-the-counter medication to curb the soreness, and you should only eat some soft food for a day or two. You’ll then return to your general or family dentist to restore your tooth, which includes putting a crown on, allowing you to eat and bite on foods normally again.

Pain-Free Root Canals in Cranberry

If your general dentist suggests that you should see an endodontist for a root canal, give Endodontics in Cranberry a call. Dr. Semashko and his staff are ready to help take away your tooth pain.