Root Canal FAQ
What is a root canal?
A root canal is similar to having a filling, but rather than placing a filling on the chewing surface of your tooth where you can see it, we place a filling on the inside of the tooth. This allows us to remove inflamed or infected tissue to restore your tooth to good health.
Will the root canal be painful?
As specialists, we have many advanced techniques that allow us to effectively anesthetize your tooth to ensure you have a pain free experience at Advanced Endodontics of Texas.
How long will a root canal last?
Without cracks/fracture, decay or leakage around the filling or crown, a root canal may last indefinitely. Although there are always teeth that are not amenable to root canal treatment, most teeth are retained many years after treatment with proper care.
Can root canal be redone? If so, why?
Yes, root canals can be redone or “retreated”. If a tooth becomes re-contaminated any time after the initial root canal, there may be a need for retreatment. Occasionally, there are accessory canals or variations in tooth anatomy that prevent the initial root canal from being successful. Also, teeth that have crowns and/or root canals can become decayed (a cavity) or fracture/crack, making oral hygiene and comprehensive dental care a continued priority for all teeth, whether root canaled or not.
Will there be pain after the procedure?
About 95% of root canal procedures result in very minimal to no discomfort after treatment. The tooth may remain “achy” for a few days following treatment which is a normal part of the healing process. Depending on the cause of your tooth pain, the endodontist may recommend antibiotics or supplemental pain medication to maximize your comfort following the procedure.
Will I need a crown after my root canal?
Most posterior teeth (molars and premolars) will require a crown on the tooth following treatment to return strength to the tooth. If you already have a crown, the crown can often be saved and restored with a tooth-colored filling after treatment.
I just received a crown, will I now need a root canal?
Most teeth that receive crowns do NOT need a root canal. Only occasionally when the tooth remains sensitive or becomes uncomfortable, will the tooth need a root canal following a crown.
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