Root Canals in Jonesboro
Root canals are one of the most misunderstood and feared dental procedures, but they shouldn’t be. The fact is that a root canal can extend the life of your tooth by a decade or more, and that is excellent news for you!
Dr. Bartels and his team believe that the more light we shed on this helpful procedure, the less patients will feel stress about it. So, if you have questions about root canals that need answers, we encourage you to read on.
- What happens during root canal treatment?
- When does a tooth need a root canal?
- Why do I need a root canal? Couldn't you extract the tooth?
- Does a root canal procedure hurt?
- What happens to my tooth if I don't get a root canal?
- Do you perform emergency root canals?
- Why do I need a restoration after a root canal?
- Did you know that you can prevent some root canals?
- How can I contact you if I think I might need a root canal?
What happens during root canal treatment?
If you don’t understand root canal treatment, you are not alone. A root canal actually refers to the inner canal of your tooth that can become infected due to decay or a fracture. Underneath the protective enamel and dentin is a chamber inside your tooth that houses your nerve. It is surrounded by tissue called pulp. When decay reaches the inner canal of your tooth, it is very close to your nerve and can feel quite painful, which is why many people associate root canals with pain.
The goal of treatment is to relieve your pain, eliminate infection, and allow you to heal. Your root canal dentist in Jonesboro will gently remove any infected or damaged tissue from inside your tooth, place medication in your root canal, and seal it to keep out food and bacteria, which could lead to another infection. Then your tooth is given time to heal before Dr. Bartels strengthens it with a dental crown or filling.
When does a tooth need a root canal?
If you experience sudden sensitivity or if you have localized pain, swelling, or tenderness, it is your body’s way of asking you to take notice. This could be indicating an infection in your tooth, and it's essential to get it checked out. Delaying treatment for your tooth could result in more significant problems.
Dr. Bartels may recommend root canal therapy in Jonesboro in these situations:
- A tooth that is cracked or fractured
- If tooth decay has reached the nerve
- For an abscessed or infected tooth
Why do I need a root canal? Couldn't you extract the tooth?
Keeping your natural teeth is important, and it is still the very best way to maintain your oral health. Tooth loss is more inconvenient and expensive than saving your natural tooth. Additionally, protecting your tooth can preserve precious bone and keep it from resorption, a condition that is common with tooth loss.
Root canal therapy also eliminates the infection that can quickly spread to other areas of your body including your brain if we don't treat it in a timely manner. Root canals in Jonesboro eliminate pain and infections, while also preserving your natural tooth and protecting your dental health.
Does a root canal procedure hurt?
Many people often think of root canals as painful, but with new techniques and improved treatment, they are just like every other dental procedure. We want your appointment to feel comfortable, and we encourage you to communicate if something does not feel right. Dr. Bartels is highly skilled and gentle, and we can make adjustments to improve your experience.
After your root canal, you may feel a little sensitivity for a few days until your infection completely disappears, but you should feel steady improvement each day. Once you heal completely, Dr. Bartels will recommend a restoration to protect and stabilize your root canal tooth.
What happens to my tooth if I don't get a root canal?
When your dentist in Jonesboro recommends root canal therapy, it is typically to save a tooth that is in distress. Whether it's infected or fractured to the root, you are probably feeling the discomfort. If you put treatment off, thinking that the tooth will get better on its own, the infection can spread, pain typically intensifies, and it ultimately results in tooth loss.
What's worse is that a dental infection could also impact neighboring teeth, so it's essential to treat your tooth as soon as possible to protect your dental health.
Do you perform emergency root canals?
Dr. Bartels and his team are here to help emergency patients get the relief they need, and that does often mean performing root canal therapy.
If you or a loved one is feeling sensitivity or pain, we encourage you to contact our Jonesboro dental office right away at (870) 932-9911. We leave time open in our schedule to accommodate emergency patients, and we can often provide root canals or other dental treatment the same day if it's necessary. Even if you've never visited our dental office before, we welcome and look forward to helping new emergency patients feel better and smile with confidence again.
Why do I need a restoration after a root canal?
Because your tooth no longer has a nerve, it may become brittle. That means we need to place a restoration on your tooth to protect it.
For some smaller teeth that are not doing most of the chewing, a filling might be fine. For your molars and other teeth that absorb a lot of force and day-to-day wear, a crown might be a better option. Either way, Dr. Bartels will make sure your restorative work is attractive, comfortable, and functional.
Did you know that you can prevent some root canals?
While many situations are out of our control, there are actually measures you can take to avoid dental treatment like root canal therapy.
Here's an example: Say you visit Dr. Bartels for your routine six-month checkup, and he notices decay in your tooth. Even though you might not be feeling any discomfort, he will probably recommend a dental filling to restore your tooth. If you're proactive and complete your filling right away, your tooth is healthy again and good to go.
However, if you wait or forget to schedule your filling treatment, the decay has time to grow and progress further into your tooth, and it may start feeling sensitive to hot or cold temperatures. Now it's a critical time to call your Jonesboro dentist before the tooth decay reaches your nerve and causes a toothache and infection that would warrant root canal treatment.
Your preventive cleanings and checkups are your best defense against common dental concerns like tooth decay, infections, and gum disease.
How can I contact you if I think I might need a root canal?
If you have any type of tooth pain, or even if it's just time for your next cleaning and checkup, we encourage you to call our Jonesboro, AR dental office to schedule an evaluation.
Whether you need a root canal or some other type of procedure, we can help. Our entire team is professional, compassionate, and friendly. That combination makes any dental experience more enjoyable!