What should I be asking my endodontist?
An endodontist in Birmingham is a dental practitioner with specific training and knowledge in treating advanced cases of tooth decay with the aim of saving them. Root canal treatment procedures are often clouded in a haze of confusion and misconceptions. A dental practitioner has only to mention the words ‘root canal’ for these words to strike fear into the hearts of patients. To ensure they are properly informed about the treatment process and what they can expect, we provide some of the frequently asked questions patients ask our endodontist in Birmingham.
If you have been told that a root canal procedure is required to save your tooth from total decay, asking the following questions may help ease your anxieties and facilitate a more relaxed treatment process.
Questions to ask an endodontist in Birmingham
● Why is a root canal procedure necessary?
There is only so much a dental practitioner can do to save a decaying tooth from above the gum line. When a bacterial infection reaches the deep inner structures of the tooth at root level, an endodontist will need to access the infected pulp to remove the infection before tooth rehabilitation. If the infection is left untreated, the patient is at risk of the infection spreading beyond the affected tooth to affect jawbone and surrounding tissue.
● What do I need to do to ensure a successful root canal procedure?
To restore dental health there is a commitment a patient must be prepared to make. This means following all dentist-recommended oral hygiene responsibilities before, during and after treatment.
● How painful is the root canal procedure?
A reputable dental practitioner will implement the necessary measures to reduce the discomfort a patient may feel. It is important to discuss with our dental practitioner all available options that are suitable for a patient’s situation. Patients should be aware that without having the procedure carried out, they are at greater risk of experiencing pain due to the infection.
● How many sessions will my root canal treatment plan take?
This question can only be realistically answered once our dental practitioner has conducted a dental examination to assess the extent of the decay. To gain insight on the reach of the infection below the gum line, the dental practitioner may use dental X-rays.
● What are some of the symptoms that may indicate I have an infection?
A patient may experience swollen gums, swollen neck glands, tooth sensitivity, fever and intense pain.
● Would it not be better to just have the tooth extracted?
It is always best to try and save a tooth that has the potential of being saved. Tooth extractions are often followed by additional consequences if a patient does not opt to replace the missing tooth with a suitable dental restoration solution.
Are you experiencing pain as a result of decaying teeth? Have one of our experienced dentists at St Pauls Square Dental Practice provide safe and effective dental care, to relieve you of your pain and help you gain full dental health. Contact our front office team to arrange a consultation appointment at a date convenient for you.