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Do you have a painful tooth? Sometimes, filling a cavity isn’t enough to relieve the pain. If the nerve is affected, you may need root canal therapy to solve this problem. If so, don’t worry! Root canal therapy is much easier and much less painful than its reputation. At Jane Clair Dental, we care about your comfort. After all, you’re more likely to take good care of your teeth if you can feel relaxed coming to see the dentist.

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

If your tooth root is damaged because of massive decay or injury, root canal therapy can give you the pain relief you need to feel better. It can often allow you to keep the tooth when you might otherwise lose it. Infection can also be relieved or avoided with root canal therapy, giving you better oral health and protecting your gums and surrounding teeth.

What Does a Root Canal Entail?

The point of root canal therapy is to clean out the tooth to allow it to heal. The dentist uses various sizes of files to remove the pulp and root from the inside of your tooth. When this is completed, the dentist fills up space inside your tooth with a substance called gutta-percha, which seals the tooth to keep out bacteria. Finally, the dentist inserts a filling or takes impressions for a crown to preserve and strengthen the tooth’s structure.

Does Root Canal Therapy Hurt?

Most of our patients who have root canal therapy for the first time express surprise at how easy the treatment is and how little pain they experience. In fact, most people say that the pain before having the root canal is so extremely intense that having the root canal done is actually a relief. The root canal procedure is generally no more painful than getting an ordinary filling. After the root canal is finished, your tooth may be a bit sensitive, especially if it was very inflamed or infected. Your dentist can prescribe pain medications, or you can take over the counter pain medications to relieve the pain.

Do I Need A Filling, Crown or Post?

After the root canal therapy is completed and the gutta-percha is inserted into the hole, your dentist still needs to reconstruct the tooth and strengthen its structure. Sometimes, a filling is all that’s required. However, if the tooth is badly damaged, your dentist may add a crown to cover the visible surface of your tooth. If what remains of the tooth is structurally unsound, the dentist might place an implant to hold the crown in place. If a crown is needed, the dentist takes an impression after the root canal is finished, fits you with a temporary crown and sends the impression off to the lab so your permanent crown can be created there. At a second visit, your dentist inserts the crown.