woman with jaw painRoot Canals are something we hear a lot about in a dentist’s office. However, what does it actually mean for you, once you’ve been put forward for the treatment? Well, we’re here to answer your questions, because at Tri-State Dental Care, we want our patients to be well informed, and to have access to the answers they really need about their dental care.


What Happens During Root Canal Therapy?

A root canal therapy usually takes three appointments to complete. During your first visit, your dentist may take x-rays of the affected tooth, to ensure they get a clear picture of what’s going on under the surface. Once this is done, they will administer a local anesthetic to provide treatment in a none painful, comfortable way. However, in some cases this is not necessary, as the tooth having a root canal is dead and does not register pain anyway.

Your dentist will then remove any tissue or ‘pulp’ that has been affected by decay, and may even need to drain an abscess if it’s growing there. Once the area has been cleaned, your dentist will then enlarge the root canal of the tooth, to allow for filling later on. This can be quite time consuming, and is why most people need two to three root canal therapy appointments.

A temporary filling is used initially, and is then removed and replaced with a proper fill and seal later on. This is to ensure the tooth does not become infected, and the temporary filling is usually medicinal in nature. Sometimes your dentist will recommend a crown be fitted, depending on which tooth has been affected.

The Benefits of Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy has a lot of benefits to it. Most of all, it ensures that an infection cannot spread, as it is literally dug out and the tooth is cleaned and disinfected during treatment. This stops any other teeth from requiring similar treatment.

Similarly, root canal therapy ensures your jaw bone is not affected by an infection. During a root canal treatment, the aim is to stop your teeth from needing to be removed. When they are, it can lead to holes in the jaw, which can lead to degeneration over time.


When Root Canal Therapy is Required

Root canal therapy will be needed when a tooth becomes painful, and a dentist tells you there’s an infection present. However, pain is not always present, and other symptoms are tell tale signs. These include sensitivity to cold and heat, discoloration of teeth and gums, gum swelling and/or tenderness, and pain during chewing and eating or any other kind of pressure.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, and if you’re in the Dakota Dunes, South Dakota area, and you’re really not sure about your current dental needs, be sure to get in touch with us. We have years of experience in providing root canals and the necessary aftercare procedures, and we can answer any and all of your questions.