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Most patients are afraid to take root canal therapy because they think it will be very painful. But the true fact is root canal treatments are safe and painless. A survey says that "More than 15 million Americans receive root canals each year." And 41,000 root canals are performed every day ( according to the AAE ). When bacteria attack the teeth and cause them infection that time root therapy is needed. At least two visits will be required for every standard root canal. Every root canal takes 2 visits but why? Keep reading to find out. 

What is a Root Canal?

 

Root canals mean cleaning the canals inside a tooth's root and saving an infected tooth without removing it. It is the hollow area inside a tooth. The nerves and living tissue of the teeth host root canals. And all together are called the pulp. The pulp lies in the middle of the teeth. When bacteria from decay or a crack attack in the middle, at that time the pulp becomes infected. 

Who needs a root canal?

 

For many several reasons, a root canal could occur. How do you identify, whether you need a root canal or not? In This Section, WIn this article, you will be able to identify the symptoms of the root canal. Let’s jump on it.

Toothache Constantly :

when you feel any pain deep in the bone of your teeth. The pain may always bother you or it may never go away, always come back. Because of this pain,  Sometimes you may feel pain in other parts of the mouth like the face, jaw, or other teeth. This kind of pain can be called root canal pain. This kind of toothache clearly indicates that it's time to go to the dentist for a root canal. 

Remember one thing that is all types of pain are not root canal pain. Some dental pain can have other issues, such as gum disease, a cavity, damaged filling, sinus infection, or other problems. Whatever the problem, make an appointment to go to the dentist. 

 Lingering Sensitivity:

Do you feel any pain when you drink cold or hot coffee? Or when you eat ice cream or drink an icy-cold glass of water? All of this pain occurs because of sensitivity. Many people feel pain when they drink or eat hot and cold foods. Like a dull ache or a sharp pain, sensitivity could be felt. And if the pain goes on for a longer period of time it might mean that you now you need a root canal. 

Tooth Discoloration: 

By the pulp, the tooth discoloration could be infected. The internal tissue cause harms to the root of the tooth when it breakdown. As a result, the tooth becomes a grayish-black appearance. If you notice your tooth color is changing then you should go to the dentist for a root canal.

Here are more common symptoms you need a root canal include.

  • Swollen gums
  • Pain when you touch or chew on the tooth
  • Chips or cracks on your tooth
  • Bumps on the Gums 
  • Tender Gums 

If You have any symptoms of one of them then it is a sign that you need a root canal treatment. 

How long does it take to do a root canal?

 

Around 30-60 minutes the dentist takes to complete a simple root canal procedure for every single tooth. Depending on tooth situations every procedure requires significant time. Suppose your nerve needs to be removed, cleaned, and disinfected, for these types of root canals need long times. Another reason Root canals take a long time is because of the infected tooth location. Most of the teeth contain multiple pulp canals while others have only one pulp canal. You should prepare yourself to spend 90 minutes for the treatment in the dentist's chair. 

Is a root canal painful?

 

As mentioned above, root canal treatments are safe and painless. There are misconceptions about it, that a root canal means painful treatment.  It is a myth, In the past day root canals used to be painful. But Now it is painless because dentists now use local anesthetic and modern endodontic techniques. Because of these reasons most people feel comfortable and don't feel any pain during their root canal procedure.

How successful is root canal treatment?

 

The success rate of root canals is very high. After the treatment, who have done a root canal 90% of them can expect a functional tooth. Besides the success ratio root canal has a failure story also. Here are five reasons that’s why most root canal fails. 

  1. Missed canals.
  2. Incompletely treated canals – short treatment due to ledges, complex anatomy, lack of experience, or lack of attention to quality.
  3. Remaining tissue.
  4. Fracture.
  5. Bacterial post-treatment leakage.

Do all root canals take 2 visits?

 

Two separate visits are needed to complete the root canal procedure. The first visit will be performed for the actual procedure, and the second visit will be performed for tooth restoration.
Sometimes the root canal needs 3 visits depending on the tooth situation and its complications. But in this case, the 3rd time visit rate is rare. 

What Happens in Each Root Canal Treatment Visit?

 

First Visit:  In Your First dental visit, you have to go through an oral examination. You have to do tooth X-rays also. Because dentists have to confirm the exact condition of your tooth and which tooth needs to be treated. After confirmation, the dentist will give you an anesthetic so you can not feel anything when they will start your root canal process. However, the next step is they will remove the infected nerve tissue and they will clean the pulp chamber. After finishing the cleaning process the dentist will add a temporary dental material to the inside of the tooth.   


Second Visit: During the second visit, temporary material will be removed from the tooth by the dentist. Placing a restoration on the tooth is the most important work because through this the tooth can once again function normally. A dental crown is a common restoration procedure. Whatever the procedure is, The main goal is to protect the tooth from becoming infected and function like it used to.

 

   FAQ

 

Is root canal second visit painful?

No, It’s Totally Wrong, both first and second visit root canals are painless. However, minor discomfort is to be expected after root canal treatment. 

Is crown necessary after root canal?

Yes, After a root canal Dental crown is necessary to stop the tooth from disintegrating. A root canal does not save the tooth from weakening but it does save the tooth from further infection. That's why most dentists do recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown. 

How long does a root canal last without a crown?

According to the Journal Of Endodontic “After one year, root canals last 98%, after five years, 92%, and after ten years or longer last 86%. “

Can you eat after a root canal without crown?

Yes, without crown you can eat after a root canal. But, For 3 or 4 days you must have to eat soft foods. And Have to avoid too much hot and cold food. Until removing the crown don't eat any crunchy or hard food. If you feel discomfort, rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water.