Here at Aloha Dental, we want you to have the best experience possible and want to share with you some of the most frequently asked questions from our patients.
What is endodontics?
Endodontics involves the treatment of the pulp (root canal) and the surrounding tissues of the tooth.
Should I be worried about the X-rays?
No. X-rays will be necessary during your treatment; however, we use an advanced non-film computerized system known as digital radiography. It produces radiation levels 90 percent lower than the already low dose of conventional dental X-ray machines. These images can then be sent via e-mail to other providers and specialists as needed.
What about infection?
If left untreated, the inside of the tooth may die and become a source of infection which can spread outside the mouth. It can result in serious pain and hospitalization.
We adhere to rigorous standards of infection control. We utilize autoclave sterilization and barrier techniques to eliminate any risk of infection.
Is a root canal painful?
When people hear “‘root canal,” they usually think about pain. However, a root canal is done to eliminate the pain a patient is already feeling. The pain is usually caused by the infection in the tooth and not the root canal treatment. The procedure itself is painless. A local anesthetic numbs the tooth and the surrounding area.
After endodontic treatment your tooth and surrounding gum tissue may be tender for several days as a result of the previous condition of your tooth and the manipulation of the tooth and gums during the procedure. This tenderness is normal and is no cause for alarm.
If swelling should develop or your discomfort cannot be controlled with medication, please contact the clinic immediately. Here at Aloha Dental, we are dedicated to your recovery both in and out of the clinic.
What happens after the root canal treatment is completed?
After the endodontic treatment is complete, there is still more work to be done. The root canal system has been permanently sealed, however the outer surface is sealed with only a temporary restoration. It’s important that a permanent restoration such as a crown be placed to protect your tooth from decay and fracture.