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Could You Get Dental Sedation for a Root Canal?

Posted in Root Canals

The short answer is yes, you could get dental sedation for a root canal. But there’s more to consider before you have sedation or “sleep dentistry.”

What Is Dental Sedation?

Sedation dentistry is often touted as a way to sleep through your dental procedure. But it doesn’t always work that way. Rather, it helps you relax during the treatment and then forget it happened once it’s over with.

Sedation may come in the form of oral pills or syrup, laughing gas, or an intravenous drip.

Pros and Cons of Dental Sedation

Why have sedation dentistry? It can help you…

  • Relax if you struggle with extreme anxiety
  • Endure lengthy procedures (some root canals take a long time!)
  • Forget an experience you’re apt to view as traumatic

You may want to pass on sedation (if you don’t truly need it) because:

  • It’s not always covered by insurance
  • There is a small risk of unpleasant side-effects with some forms of sedation
  • You’ll be pretty much incapacitated for the rest of the day after having oral or IV sedation

How About That Root Canal?

If you’ve never had a root canal before, you may be terrified to get one. But you should know that root canals aren’t as scary as they’re made out to be.

With the help of local anesthesia, you shouldn’t feel a thing. Getting a root canal practically feels no different from getting a filling.

So unless dental sedation is the only thing that will help you deal with your severe dental phobia, there’s no reason that you’ll absolutely need a sedative.

To find out which option is in your best interests, consult with your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336


Can You Get a Cavity After A Root Canal?

Posted in Root Canals

A root canal is when your dentist takes out the nerve of a tooth and replaces it with a filling material. Doing this can either relieve an infection or prevent one from happening.

After your root canal, your tooth shouldn’t have any more sensation. It’s protected by a strong crown, and will continue to work like any other tooth.

Your tooth with the root canal also has the same risk of getting a cavity, just like any other tooth. Why? Because bacteria can leak in at the margin where the crown meets the tooth. But does it really matter now that it no longer has a nerve?

Cavity After A Root Canal – Why Dangerous?

You know how cavities can get really sensitive? Because a tooth with a root canal is no longer alive, you probably won’t feel anything if that tooth gets a cavity.

If you don’t feel the decay and can’t see it because it’s under the crown, it can continue until your tooth is too damaged to even support a crown.

You got the root canal to preserve your natural tooth, but once decay takes over, you may have to get it pulled, anyway.

Protect Your Root Canal

Have you recently had a root canal? Congratulations on getting that out of the way!

But don’t forget that your work is far from over.

Make sure you brush and floss each tooth daily, even the ones with root canals. Visit your dentist regularly for x-rays and exams so that you can keep a close eye on how that root canal is holding up.

Posted on behalf of:
Dream Dentist
1646 W U.S. 50
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 726-2699


What You Need to Know Before Your First Root Canal

Posted in Root Canals

Are you getting a root canal for the first time? Although not everyone has had a root canal, it’s a fairly common procedure. What makes root canals important is that they allow your dentist to preserve your tooth for as long as possible – instead of having to pull it.

Don’t Wait to Have it Done

Putting your root canal off too long may mean it eventually is no longer an option. If too much damage occurs to the root, the tooth may have to be pulled instead.

Root Canals Don’t Hurt

Root canals don’t have to hurt. Although they may have a bad reputation, a root canal procedure is really similar to having a filling done. It just takes longer. Your dentist will thoroughly numb the area around your tooth, so that you don’t feel pain or discomfort throughout the process. If needed, additional numbing can also be added through the procedure.

Your dentist will also use a small prop to help you keep your mouth open. Common discomfort comes from straining the jaw muscles, so the small prop eliminates that concern.

Once your root canal is finished, your tooth will no longer experience sensations of pain. That’s because the nerve inside of the tooth isn’t there anymore. Instead, the nerve chamber has been sealed off with a filling material.

You’ll Need a Crown

A crown will protect your non-vital tooth so that it can function normally. This allows you to bite and chew without enamel chipping off. Otherwise the brittle tooth would start to break down.

Sit back, relax – your dentist has it covered! Your root canal is a common procedure that thousands of people have done each year.

Posted on behalf of:
Spanaway Family Dentistry
20709 Mountain Hwy E #101
Spanaway, WA 98387
(253) 948-0880


What Can You Expect When Having A Root Canal?

Posted in Root Canals

You are cringing already, aren’t you? Just the mention of the words “root canal” can cause fear and trembling in the most stoic. This should not be the case. Root canals are a relatively simple restorative dental procedure that has received a historically bad reputation based largely on misinformation.

Even though the outer enamel surface of your tooth is very hard, the inner tissue of the center of your tooth is made of connective soft tissue such as nerves and blood vessels (the pulp), which makes it very vulnerable to injury, infection and disease. When the inside nerve is damaged, the tissue around it cannot live. It must be removed before severe infection develops requiring that tooth to be extracted. The pulp of your tooth can be damaged by a decayed cavity left untreated, a broken tooth or an accidental injury (the pulp could be injured even if the tooth is not cracked). Tooth pain, swelling and heat in the gum could indicate damage to the pulp of a tooth. The necessity of a root canal can easily be confirmed by an X-ray.

During a root canal, your dentist will remove that soft center or pulp in the tooth, which leaves a canal that must be cleaned out and sealed off in order to protect the tooth. The tooth is capped and made stronger by the addition of a crown. Here’s the big surprise: typically, there is little to no discomfort (remember, the nerve is dead)! A mature adult tooth can remain and function without the living pulp inside. A root canal is the best way to save the structure of a diseased tooth.

Posted on behalf of Juban Dental Care



Root Canal Procedure

Posted in Root Canals

If you are about to have a root canal, you may be experiencing some anxiety about the procedure especially if you have not had a root canal or have unpleasant memories of a root canal done many years ago.  The good news is that having a root canal is not the ordeal that many people believe it to be.  Knowing what to expect can help reduce your anxiety and allow you to have a comfortable root canal.

Root canals take longer than having a cavity filled or your teeth cleaned, but with modern dental techniques such as topical numbing agents, improved injection methods, and the use of sedatives when needed, your root canal treatment should be virtually pain free.  You can expect the tooth to be sore for a day or two following the procedure, but nothing that cannot be handled with over the counter pain relievers like Tylenol or Advil.

Your dentist will first numb the area around the tooth so that you will feel no pain during the treatment. A small rubber dam will be placed around the tooth to keep the area dry.  A hole will be drilled through the top or back of the tooth to access the pulp chamber.  The infected pulp will be removed, the pulp chamber disinfected, and the area filled with a sterile material.

A temporary cap or filling will be placed on the tooth.  Usually, you will need a second visit to have a permanent cap placed on the tooth.  A cap protects the pulp chamber and adds strength to the tooth.  Once the procedure is complete and the soreness has subsided, your tooth should no longer hurt or be sensitive to hot and cold.  It will act and feel like your other natural teeth and should last almost indefinitely.

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