I hear this question all the time. In the past, root canal therapy was feared. These days, it’s no more painful than getting a filling. The combination of powerful aesthesia and high-tech equipment makes root canals safe, fast, and painless. When my patients leave, they say, “That was no big deal!”
You may be a bit sore for several days. You can take OTC medications to help if you feel uncomfortable. Remember to eat soft foods until you’re feeling better. You should not bite on the tooth that was treated until it’s been restored by your general dentist, because it will be unstable until the proper filling is placed in it.
The most common treatment performed by an endodontist, like Dr. Semashko, is a root canal. Endodontists also re-treat older root canals and perform endodontic surgery, called an apicoectomy, that treats infections that persist following a root canal.
An endodontist is a dentist who has had two additional years of specialized training beyond general dentistry. He or she provides treatment for teeth that require root canals, root canal re-treatments, and endodontic surgery, as well as for cases of dental trauma.
This dental field of endodontics focuses on treating the dental pulp in teeth. Pulp is in the center of each tooth, and contains living tissue and cells. When a tooth is injured or decay forms, the pulp can become inflamed or infected. An endodontist, a dental specialist in the endodontic field, can treat your teeth by performing root canal therapy, commonly referred to as a “root canal.”
To diagnose and treat your tooth, Dr. Semashko uses the latest tools and equipment, including digital X-rays, electric hand pieces, ultrasonic instruments, surgical operating microscopes, and electronic apex locators. Many root canal treatments can be completed in less than an hour!
In several weeks, after the gum and tissue surrounding your tooth are ready, you should go to your dentist for restoration. They will remove the temporary filling that was placed by Dr. Semashko, put in a permanent filling, and then get your tooth ready for a crown. Once the crown is placed, you can now bite and chew using that tooth. A crown will likely last for several decades.
People need to have root canals because the dental pulp in their teeth has become inflamed or infected. You can often tell if the pulp is diseased if you feel consistent pain while eating or drinking something cold or hot. There may also be pain in the tooth when pressure is applied while biting or chewing. Root canal therapy is required so that your pain can be alleviated and so that a painful abscess doesn’t form.