Root canals: nothing inspires more fear in patients than those two words. You might have heard horror stories from some older relatives about the pain that they experienced. Knowing that root canals have such a bad reputation, it’s no wonder that so many people are terrified of the procedure. However, modern advances in endodontics have made this anxiety entirely unfounded. If you are looking for root canal treatment in Victoria, feel free to speak to our team at Dr. Crapo & Associates. Our dentists will take great care of you every step of the way.
Let’s set the record straight. A root canal in Victoria is a procedure in which dentists remove the nerve inside of a tooth. When left untreated, infections can cause abscesses to form in your mouth. This can spread to other areas of your mouth and eventually the rest of your body. In order to save your tooth—in other words to prevent it from having to be extracted—your dentist has to remove the infected pulp (nerve).
Your dentist will first take an X-ray of your tooth in order to examine the root of the problem and determine the best course of action. If your situation is complicated and requires highly specialized care, your dentist might refer you to an endodontist, a dentist who specializes in root canals.
Signs that You Need Root Canal Therapy
Some signs that indicate you need a root canal treatment include:
• Sensitivity towards hot and cold foods
• Tenderness in gums
• A large cavity in your tooth
• Foul odour in your mouth
• Severe toothache
Because your comfort is our priority, our dentists will numb the infected tooth to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. We also offer IV sedation during treatments to alleviate any stress or fear.
You might experience slight tooth sensitivity in the days following a root canal; over-the-counter pain relievers are usually sufficient to alleviate any discomfort. If the tooth that has undergone a root canal hasn’t been capped, a crown may be recommended to strengthen it.
Steps to Prevent Root Canal Procedure in Future
Minimize your chances of undergoing a root canal treatment in future by following good oral hygiene practices such as:
• Brushing and flossing regularly
• Using protective mouth gear while playing sports
• Getting your teeth cleaned at least twice a year
Schedule an Appointment Today
Contact us as soon as possible if you’re experiencing pain in your teeth, and we’ll determine if you need a root canal in Victoria.
Lynn was referred to Dr. Crapo by friends who told her she could experience truly comfortable dentistry. Like so many other patients, she never enjoyed her trips to the dentist. Now, she arrives at our office feeling relaxed thanks to IV sedation.
“It was very simple. Obviously, very painless. I liked the fact that it was quick… you come out a little groggy, but what I like is there’s no sensation of being frozen. It’s just a great way to go through dental treatments… I’ve been to several dentists over the years, and I think Dr. Crapo is the best.”