Root Canal FAQs
When patients learn that they need root canal therapy, they are often afraid that this procedure will be painful. While we know that root canal therapy and endodontics are solutions to patients’ pain and not causes, we understand that our patients have questions about the procedure. Take a moment to read through our root canal FAQs to get a better idea of what this treatment involves and how it might help you.
What Is Endodontics?
A branch of dentistry, endodontics refers to the specific treatment of problems related to the pulp and roots of your teeth. Root canal therapy may also be referred to as endodontic treatment.
Is There a Difference Between a Root Canal and Root Canal Therapy?
The root canal of your tooth is the canal inside the root, where the nerve and pulp are located. Root canal therapy is the treatment that is performed to remove infected pulp and nerves from the root canals and refill them with an inert substance to eliminate pain and further infection. Root canal therapy is often referred to as simple “a root canal.”
What Might Cause a Patient to Need a Root Canal?
Some of the most common causes that can lead to the need for root canal therapy include, but are not limited to:
- A cavity that reaches past the dentin and into the pulp of the tooth
- A large crack in the tooth
- A badly chipped or broken tooth
- Severe damage to the tooth
Is Root Canal Therapy Painful?
This is definitely the most commonly asked of all root canal FAQs, and we are happy to report that the answer is no. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, and so it is not painful at all. After the anesthesia wears off, you may experience some discomfort, but this is easily managed. Once this subsides, you will no longer be in pain, thanks to your root canal therapy.
Contact Our Leesburg Dentist for a Root Canal
When it comes to root canal FAQs, there are so many that we could spend pages upon pages answering them. Instead, if you have more questions, why not contact us at Cardinal Park Family Dental today at 703-779-2296? We will be happy to answer all of your questions. To learn more about Root Canals, read our other pages: root canal overview, benefits of root canals.