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Despite the stigmas surrounding them, root canal treatments are relatively quick, painless procedures. While the length of the procedure depends largely on the number of roots in the tooth (molars, for example, have three to four), they most often only require one appointment and will only take up to about 90 minutes.
There is relatively little pain experienced during root canal treatment procedures, as the removal of infected pulp relieves pain. There may be some discomfort while the anesthetic is being applied, but typically the pain caused by the infected pulp is worse than the discomfort experienced during the procedure.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a space within the root of a tooth that contains loose connective tissue called dental pulp. Root canal treatments become necessary either when a cavity has reached all the way to the pulp of a tooth, or when trauma or deep restoration to the tooth damage the dental pulp. When this happens, the pulp becomes infected. If not treated quickly, this infection can spread through the root tip to the surrounding bone. This is called an abscess. Keep in mind that dental pulp infections don’t always cause symptoms, and sometimes aren’t found until a checkup is done. That’s why our team at Stansbury Dental Clinic encourages our patients to make sure they have regular checkups performed.
What Symptoms Should
You Be Looking For?
- Sensitivity to extreme temperatures or sweets,
- Pain when betting or when pressure is applied to the tooth
- A bad taste in the mouth.
- Discoloration of the tooth
- Swelling in the gums near the tooth