In fact, root canal therapy actually relieves your tooth pain, saves your tooth and the discomfort of the procedure can be compared to that of getting a filling. In other words, it’s tolerable but also of great importance in saving the infected tooth and should be taken care of as soon as possible. Left untreated, an infected tooth can shift surrounding teeth, cause bite problems and can get very painful. Getting an emergency root canal saves your tooth and also saves you the uncomfortable process of having to extract the tooth. It also prevents the infection from spreading into your jawbone and rest of the body causing complications such as systemic issues.
What Is A Root Canal?
A root canal is the name of the procedure, but also the part of the tooth that receives treatment. The root canal is a tunnel inside the tooth that holds blood vessels, nerves and other soft tissue. This passage way may get infected if the structure of the tooth is comprised, in the case that it is broken or the tooth is decaying.
This infection is the cause of the tooth ache you are feeling and it won’t go away unless it is treated. A root canal procedure solves the problem and relieves the tooth pain.
How It’s Done
Before the root canal, your dentist will numb the area so you do not feel tooth pain, and may offer anti-anxiety medication or conscious sedation such as laughing gas (nitrous oxide) if you are nervous. The actual procedure entails your dentist making a small hole through which tiny tools enter the tooth and clean the root canal of tissue that is diseased or dead. The area is then sanitized, bio-compatible material is inserted into the root canal and the hole is sealed. Any post-procedure discomfort will go away within a few days, and can be resolved by taking over the counter pain killers. Root canal therapy saves the tooth from needing extraction, and the tooth’s lifespan can last as long as any of your other teeth with proper care and the protection of a crown.
We accept same day walk-ins for emergencies like a root canal. If you are experiencing tooth pain and require a same day appointment for root canal therapy you can call in to book your appointment. Get a pain free smile with Simcoe Family dentistry!