If you’re needing a root canal, there’s no reason to worry and every reason to move forward with your treatment. Root canals are a dental procedure that eliminate bacteria from infected tooth roots and prevent reinfection because the infected pulp is removed and the surrounding area is carefully cleaned, filled, and then sealed. Every year, millions of people undergo a root canal solution to treat diseased or damaged teeth. A root canal will relieve any oral pain you’ve been experiencing and can make your teeth healthy once again.

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Do All Toothaches Require a Root Canal Treatment?

Sometimes you may feel intense tooth pain that makes you think you need a root canal solution, but the pain is a symptom of another problem requiring a completely different treatment. Such as:

  • Exposed root surfaces as a result of gum recession can mimic cold sensitivity.
  • Sinus congestion can produce pressure around the roots of the upper teeth and cause pain upon chewing, which imitates root canal pain.
  • Gum disease can also mimic the throbbing pain around teeth that can feel like root canal pain.
  • Jaw pain can either be an indication of pain in the jaw joint or pain referred from a tooth needing a root canal.

  IMPORTANT: if you’re experiencing tooth pain, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Caye immediately!! Learn more about Emergency Dental Care and What’s Considered a Dental Emergency

How a Root Canal Can Restore Your Tooth

Root canals have the unlucky reputation of being uncomfortable or painful. But the truth is, most people report that the procedure itself is no more painful than having a cavity filled. Due to innovative painkillers and advancements in dental technology, little to no pain should be experienced during your root canal. The discomfort experienced in the period leading up to a root canal is truly the painful period, not the root canal procedure itself.

According to WebMD, “During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp of the tooth are removed and the inside is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and an abscess may form. Root canal procedures have the reputation of being painful. But the procedure itself is no more painful than having a filling placed.”

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If you’ve been experiencing symptoms, such as:

  • Severe pain when biting/chewing
  • A chipped or cracked tooth
  • Swollen, tender gums
  • Pimples on gums
  • Decay
  • Lingering temperature sensitivity
  • Darkening of gums

These symptoms may indicate that a root canal solution is needed. To get your oral health back to normal, and to eliminate any pain you may be experiencing, a root canal treatment is often the next, and best, step to take. If left untreated, there’s no doubt you’ll lose the infected tooth and experience more dental problems and more pain. You can even spread the infection to the rest of your body, if left untreated.

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The Root Canal Solution

A root canal is typically completed in just one trip to our office. Once the pulp is removed, the area is cleaned and sealed, a crown is typically placed atop of your natural tooth to fully restore the look, function, and strength. Now, with CEREC same-day crowns, there’s no more waiting for a permanent crown with a temporary crown. We can create crowns in-office in just a few minutes.

Why is a Crown Added After a Root Canal?

When a tooth becomes weak over time from a root canal, it can fracture and cause further dental problems.  This is why a crown is necessary after a root canal procedure, to provide you with a strong and healthy tooth to protect your oral health.

Therefore, it is standard practice in dentistry to add permanent fillings to protect your tooth from bacteria and further damage after a root canal is complete. After the filling, a crown will be placed to provide strength and protection to the filled tooth. Not only does this provide bacteria protection to your tooth, but it also looks natural.

Learn what to expect during a root canal treatment.

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Who Needs a Dental Crown After a Root Canal?

Needing a crown after a root canal will mostly likely depend on the location of the affected tooth. Teeth towards the back of the mouth, like molars and premolars, are needed more for chewing, and generally require crowns, where incisors or canines which are not needed for chewing do not always require crowns.

If you suffer from any kind of teeth grinding, it is also especially important to get a crown after a root canal. When your teeth grind, immense pressure is put on your teeth, and on a weakened tooth from a root canal, this can cause major damage.

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To summarize, crowns after a root canal solution provide these major benefits:

  • Infection prevention
  • Natural looking tooth and color
  • Protect you from tooth sensitivity
  • Back-up security
  • Restore a fragile tooth

On a lighter note… here are some interesting facts about root canal therapy:

  • Some roots have more than one root canal, but all have at least one canal
  • A root canal performed on any tooth (front or back) with a nerve
  • Nearly 15 million root canals are performed each year in the United States
  • Since the roots aren’t necessary for the tooth to function, they can be removed
  • There is only one main purpose for the tooth’s nerve: to provide the feeling or sensation of cold and hot
  • Most teeth are fixed with root canal therapy with a 95 percent success rate
  • A root canal is a standard and very common procedure
  • Most teeth fixed with root canal therapy can last a lifetime

Are you are suffering from a toothache? Premier Dental can help!

As they say, “fear of the unknown is the greatest fear of all”.

No need to fear a toothache or root canal therapy if you live in the Lee’s Summit, MO area. Dr. Caye and his team of professionals will keep you comfortable as they get you out of pain quickly with a root canal solution.

Dr. Stephan Caye and his friendly, experienced team at Premier Dental offer affordable family dentistry and gentle dental care in the Lee’s Summit, MO area. Our office is conveniently located off of Highway 50 and SE Blue Parkway. We offer appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At Premier Dental, we provide most dental health services, from family and general dentistry to specialty procedures, including dental implants, dentures, endodontic or root canal therapy, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, emergency dental care and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Please call us at (816) 600-6330 to schedule an appointment.