Root Canals | Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a dental treatment where the dentist will essentially do a filling in the roots of the tooth. This procedure typically takes between 1 – 3 hours depending on the complexity of your root canal anatomy.
When Do I need a Root Canal?
Cavities can be categorized by its severity. On a scale of 1 to 10, a one would be just some basic staining in the grooves of your teeth. A 4 out of 10 is when the cavity has nearly penetrated your entire enamel shell and starting to burrow into the Dentin. A 8 out of 10 would mean that the cavity has breached the nerve canal and you are experiencing a constant dull throbbing ache and likely sensitive to temperature and chewing. That is the point when a root canal is indicated.
What Should I expect During My Appointment?
Honestly, its just like any other restorative appointment. Dental anesthesia is so powerful now that even root canals are generally pain free. At Red Bud Dental, we first make sure you are comfortable and have your favorite Netflix show on. We will then proceed with numbing your tooth until you don’t feel a thing. At that point you just have to stay open and let us do the work.
During this time, we will be cleaning out the internal parts of your teeth until it is free of bacteria. Then we will fill the canal space to seal it so that any future infections will be blocked from gaining access to this space.
I hear that root canals are very painful
Root canals typically hurt because when your tooth has an active infection, the dental anesthetic loses its effectiveness due to tissue environment being more acidic. This can be easily avoided by taking a round of antibiotics (usually Amoxicillin) for a week and allowing the bacterial load to decrease before performing the root canal.
Another reason root canals have a bad rap is because it does directily involve the nerve of the tooth. And back in the olden days, dentists hardly used anesthesia if at all and you combine that with the fact that you typically wait until the tooth is unbearable before you go through with the treatment.