Root Canal Therapy in Wake Forest
If you’re needing a root canal in Wake Forest, we want you to be informed of what root canal therapy involves, prior to undergoing treatment. Dr. Craig A. Winkelmann and our team believe that when our patients know what to expect, it often relieves the apprehension and anxiety that comes with scheduling what some might call, a seemingly “scary” procedure.
Root canal therapy is one of the most common Endodontic procedures performed; millions of patients seek treatment each year, so know that you’re not alone. With modern endodontic treatment, having a root canal is very similar to having a cavity filled.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root Canal Therapy calms inflammation or infection occurring within the pulp (soft tissue inside) of a tooth. This is done by removing the damaged area, cleaning and disinfecting the contamination, then finally filling and sealing the tooth. Typically, a crown is needed after root canal therapy as the integrity of the tooth will be compromised.
What Causes the Need for Root Canal Therapy?
Numerous factors can contribute to the causal infection or inflammation that has formed within the tooth. The most common triggers include:
• Deep decay
• Recurring dental procedures on a tooth
• A crack or chip in a tooth, crown, or bridge
Is Treatment Painful?
Similar to most endodontic procedures, mild discomfort may occur during and following a root canal, however, local anesthetic and Tylenol typically keep the pain at bay. Bear in mind, root canal therapy will alleviate the pain of toothaches that pulp infection or inflammation was causing you. Additionally, it will prevent the occurrence of an abscess or the need to remove a tooth entirely. Many dental professionals will say that it’s not the root canal that hurts, it’s the pain you are in when you need one.
During your root canal therapy in Wake Forest, your comfort is very important to us. Along with local anesthetic, Dr. Winkelmann offers sedation options, if you prefer the most relaxing experience possible.
Root canal sedation options include:
• IV Sedation – With this light IV sedation, you will feel relaxed and asleep, but will still be responsive enough to answer our staff’s questions.
• Nitrous Oxide – This mild sedative will help you feel an overwhelming sense of well-being, to help remove your anxieties and its effects typically subside within minutes after treatment.
• Oral Conscious Sedation – If you’re not a fan of needles or the idea of Nitrous, we can prescribe an oral sedative, but please keep in mind that you will need a licensed driver to take you home after your procedure.
How Do I Know If I Need a Root Canal?
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, you should make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible, as inflammation or an infection might be the cause.
• Mild to severe tooth pain that gets worse when you bite down
• Sensitivity to hot or cold
• Tender and swollen gums near the problem area
• Darkening of the tooth
• Tenderness in the lymph nodes near gum tissue
• A small, pimple-like bump on the gums surrounding the problem area
How Will I Feel After My Root Canal?
In the days following your root canal therapy, you may experience subtle sensitivity. This will eventually subside but can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medication. If you experience any pain lasting more than a few days, you should call us at Wake Forest Dental Arts right away.
If you’ve been avoiding a dental visit and are experiencing tooth pain, we’d love to help. Schedule an appointment today, and we’ll find a relaxing solution that alleviates your discomfort.