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Why Do Most People Need a Root Canal?

Why Do Most People Need a Root Canal?

Root canal therapy is necessary when oral bacteria invade the pulp inside your tooth. Dr. Moein Darjani, DDS, and Dr. Ali Manesh, DMD, will help you relieve the pain and discomfort that accompanies an infected or inflamed tooth and can help prevent infections from spreading to other teeth or parts of the body. To book a consultation, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Washington, DC, and Woodbridge, VA.

Why Do Most People Need a Root Canal? | Ideal Endodontics
Why Do Most People Need a Root Canal? | Ideal Endodontics

Table of Contents:

Why should I have a root canal endodontics treatment?
Will there be any pain during the root canal?
What are the benefits of getting a root canal?
What is the root canal process like?
Why are some people more prone to root canals?

Why should I have a root canal endodontics treatment?


There are several reasons why someone might need a root canal endodontics treatment. The most common reason is that the pulp that contains nerves and blood vessels, has become infected or inflamed. This can happen due to deep decay, multiple dental procedures on the same tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. If the infected tooth is not treated right away, the infection will probably spread and cause serious complications. A Root canal can typically save the tooth and prevent the need for extraction.

Will there be any pain during the root canal?


Before the procedure starts, your dentist will apply a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth, so there shouldn’t be any pain during the procedure being done. The dentist will then open the top of the tooth to get to the pulp and remove it. Once the pulp is fully removed, the inside of the tooth will be cleaned and shaped properly.
 
Once the canals are cleaned and formed, the dentist will fill them with gutta-percha(rubber-like material) and seal the hole in the top of the tooth that received the filling. 
 
After the procedure, you might have some discomfort or sensitivity for a couple of days, but this can most likely be handled with over-the-counter pain relievers. It’s important to follow your dentist’s guidelines for aftercare to ensure a full recovery.

What are the benefits of getting a root canal?


The benefits of getting a root canal are many. First and foremost, root canal treatment can save a damaged or infected tooth from extraction, which can prevent the need for more extensive and costly dental work down the line. Additionally, root canal treatment has been shown to relieve pain and discomfort that accompanies an infected or inflamed tooth and can help prevent infections from spreading to other teeth or parts of the body.
 
Root canal treatment can also help to restore the function of a damaged tooth, which allows you to chew and speak properly again. Since the procedure may be performed under local anesthesia, it is generally considered safe and mostly tolerated by most patients. 

What is the root canal process like?


The root canal process has a couple of steps, and they are as follows: 
 
First, you will get local anesthesia to numb the area around the affected tooth. This helps to make sure that you are comfortable and pain-free during the procedure. 
 
Next, a small opening in the top of the tooth is created to access the pulp. Using special instruments, they will then carefully remove the infection from inside the tooth. 
 
Once the pulp has been fully removed, the tooth will be cleaned and shaped, including the root canals. They may also use an anti-bacterial cleanser to help kill any bacteria left over and to prevent further infection. 
 
After the tooth has been thoroughly cleaned and shaped, the root canals will have gutta-percha (rubber-like material) added inside the tooth. 
 
Finally, a filling or crown is placed over the top of the tooth to protect it and restore its functionality. In some cases, a temporary filling might be added, and a follow-up appointment will be scheduled to place a permanent filling or crown. 
 
Overall, the root canal process is a safe and effective way to address issues with the pulp of a tooth and save it from extraction. While some might experience some discomfort or sensitivity after the procedure, this can be handled with over-the-counter pain relievers and should go away within a few days.

Why are some people more prone to root canals?


Some people may be more prone to needing root canals due to a variety of factors. One of the most common reasons is poor oral hygiene, which can lead to dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. When left untreated, these conditions can cause damage to the tooth and surrounding tissues, which may require root canal treatment to address.
 
Other factors that may increase your risk of needing a root canal include a history of dental trauma, like a cracked, broken, or chipped tooth, or multiple dental procedures done on the same tooth. In some instances, genetics could be a reason why you need a root canal.

Toothache is relieved with a root canal. The original tooth will stay intact. To book a consultation, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We serve patients from Washington DC, Woodbridge VA, Arlington VA, Lorton VA, Manassas VA, Springfield VA, Alexandria VA, and Silver Spring MD.

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