Bellissimi Dental provides root canal treatment in Brunswick, OH. Call 330-741-3334 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Root canals are needed when infection reaches the pulp at the center of a tooth or when a tooth is cracked or broken, causing the pulp to become inflamed. One of the most common signs that you need a root canal is sensitivity to hot and cold. You may also experience severe pain when eating, swelling, tenderness, or notice a small pimple on the gum tissue near the painful tooth.
The Root Canal Procedure
Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about root canals. The truth is that modern root canals are no more uncomfortable than getting a cavity filled for most patients. Advanced techniques and local anesthetic make the procedure painless, although you may experience some mild soreness for a few days afterwards.
To perform a root canal, your tooth is opened so we can access the inflamed or infected pulp. The pulp is removed, then the inside of your tooth is cleaned to prevent reinfection. A material called gutta-percha is used to replace the pulp, then a dental crown, inlay, onlay, or filling is used to seal your tooth.
Why We Perform Root Canals
Root canals allow us to save your natural tooth, which is always the best possible outcome for your oral health. The alternative is to have your tooth extracted, which can set the stage for future dental problems if you don’t replace the tooth promptly—you may begin to lose bone mass in the jaw and your remaining teeth can start to shift and loosen. Replacing the tooth requires a dental implant or bridge. Root canals are more economical and they require less time in the dentist’s chair than an extraction and restoration.
Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canals
How long does a root canal take?
The amount of time needed for a root canal depends on the anatomy of your canals and the complexity of your case. A simple root canal can take as little as 30 minutes, while a more complicated case can require two 90 minute appointments.
Do I need a crown after a root canal?
Crowns are often needed after a root canal, but not always. Sometimes inlays, onlays, or dental fillings can restore your tooth after your treatment.
Can a root canal be done in one day?
Yes, if your case is simple and a dental filling can be used to repair your tooth after your treatment, the entire root canal treatment can be completed in a single visit. During your consultation, we’ll let you know what to expect.
Can I get a filling instead of a root canal?
No, dental fillings and root canals are two very different restorative treatments; one repairs the external tooth structure and the other treats the interior of a tooth. Only a root canal can treat infected or inflamed pulp.
Does tooth sensitivity mean you need a root canal?
Not necessarily. There are other reasons why a tooth might be sensitive. It could have a cavity or gum recession that exposes some of the root, which can be sensitive to temperature extremes and sweet foods. We’ll rule out other causes of tooth sensitivity before we schedule a root canal.