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Lafayette Root Canal Therapy

A toothache can signal the need for root canal treatment.

Lafayette Root Canal Illustration

Why would I need a Root Canal Treatment?

The inside of a tooth normally contains living tissue called pulp. When this pulp gets infected because of tooth decay, it tries to swell inside your tooth, which causes it to die.

In order to heal the tooth, a root canal treatment removes the dead or infected tissue and seals the tooth.

Is Root Canal Treatment Painful?

Because the pulp can already be dead before treatment, sometimes the patient doesn't even need a novocain injection. In most cases the treatment is not difficult for the patient. If, however, you feel anxious about your root canal treatment, we are experts at sedation or sleep dentistry, which can help you stay relaxed and comfortable throughout the treatment.

In the past many people have mistakenly opted out of root canal treatment because they just prefer to have the infected tooth pulled out, preferring not to sit through the root canal procedure because of treatment anxiety. Even though most patients are familiar with tooth extraction procedures, it is usually much more traumatic and painful for the patient than a root canal treatment. In many of these cases a root canal can save the tooth and be a more practical option.

How can I tell that need a root canal Treatment?

Here are several symptoms or signs of pulp decay needing root canal treatment:

  • Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold with lingering pain
  • Toothache pain when biting, tapping, or applying pressure to the tooth
  • Spontaneous toothache pain
  • Pain that spreads from tooth to tooth
  • Inflamed bumps on the gums that may leak blood or pus

After the Root Canal Treatment

Root canal (or endodontic) treatment takes one to three appointments. The number of visits depends on the complexity of the case and how active the infection is. During the treatment process you may temporarily experience tooth sensitivity to pressure, hot, or cold, and possible swelling, though it is difficult to predict what you may feel.

After your treatment we may need to prescribe an antibiotic (for swelling) or in complicated cases you may need pain medication. In between visits we may place a temporary filling, so be gentle on your teeth, especially while eating, until the treatment is finished. Since a tooth that has had a root canal treatment can be very susceptible to fracture, we usually recommend a dental crown as a final restoration to prevent fracture.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms signalling the need for a root canal, we promise to carefully evaluate your need for treatment and be as gentle as possible.

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