Root Canal Worries
Are you having root canal worries? It can be scary to have to get a root canal if you don’t know what to expect. Here are some commonly asked questions.
Root Canal Worries | Can a root canal cause an illness?
A common question currently circulating on the internet concerns the possibility that root canal therapy can cause other medical problems. We encourage patients to visit the American Academy of Endodontists’ website and read their published paper. It includes hundreds of references – none of which support any such claims. A dental infection is a localized infection which, if not treated, can become a systemic problem. Because the materials we use are inert, the focal infection theory is no cause for concern.
Root Canal Worries | Can I get a root canal done when I am congested?
Going to the dentist while you’re congested or with a sinus infection should be alright. We can usually work through that. If you’re really having a difficult time and are concerned about lying back for the hour we’re working on you, we might reschedule. I recommend talking to your dentist or endodontist immediately if you have dental pain. Don’t postpone seeking treatment because of congestion.
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Root Canal Worries | Do I need to take any special care after a root canal?
Many patients are referred to us by their dentists who will usually recommend some type of restorative treatment after we complete our root canal. If the tooth is a big molar with large fillings or significant decay, the most frequent recommendation is to cover the tooth with a crown or cap to protect it. For front teeth, we may be able to provide a treatment that eliminates the need for major restorative work.
Root Canal Worries | What happens to the tooth after a root canal?
People fear that their tooth will become brittle following a root canal, but that is not true. Your tooth is actually healthier after the procedure. You leave our office with a temporary filling and return to your dentist for a crown or other permanent restorative procedure.
If you want to talk to our endodontics about your root canal worries, please call our Buffalo root canal specialists today.