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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Root Canal Therapy

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At Quarry Hill Family Dental, Dr. Jarrett and her staff want to be a resource for you when you have any questions regarding you or your family’s oral health. We understand how important it is for you to be able to communicate your dental concerns and find answers to your dental questions.  

Below you will find many of the common questions we hear from our patients.  If you have any further questions, please contact our office, and we will be happy to answer them for you.

Root Canal Therapy

As with all dental conditions, a dental exam in our Rochester, MN dental office will determine the best course of treatment to resolve any pain or dental conditions that occur. However, there are a few symptoms that might point to the need for a root canal procedure.

Swelling – root infections cause inflammation, like any other type of infection. Swelling can occur in the gums, jaw, face, or even the neck depending on the location of the infected tooth.

Pain – It’s normal to have pain with an infection. It might start out as mild discomfort and slowly escalate into the type of pain that keeps you awake at night or keeps you from being productive at work. It’s important to remember that dental pain is always an indication that there is trouble brewing and you should call your Rochester, MN emergency dentist right away for root canal evaluation.

Hot and cold sensitivity – Sensitivity, especially to heat, can also point to an infection. 

Gum sore – A small bump or hole in the gums, called a fistula, might form near the infected tooth.

If you suspect you need a root canal in Rochester, MN, Contact Quarry Hill Family Dental. We reserve time for patients in pain, so you don’t have to wait.

If you had a root canal in the past, you probably remember it taking multiple appointments and perhaps a long recovery time. As with all areas of medicine, dentistry technology has advanced dramatically over the last couple of decades. With the introduction of rotary endodontics into our Rochester, MN dental office, root canals are faster and more comfortable than ever.

Rather than using small handheld files to manually clean out infected canals, rotary endodontics relies on electric handpieces with tiny flexible titanium tips to gently remove bacteria without damaging the tooth. Not only is it fast, but it’s also far more comfortable, and it takes only one appointment to complete root canal therapy in our Rochester, MN dental office.

Naturally, we make sure that you are completely numb before starting your procedure. Most people find that they feel dramatically better once we numb the tooth. It’s fairly normal to feel a little sensitive for a few days as the infection heals and swelling dissipates. In many cases, we recommend a dental crown to cover the root canal tooth to protect it from damage.

To learn more about modern root canal treatment in Rochester, MN, contact Quarry Hill Family Dental.

dental crown | root canal | rochester mnA root canal in Rochester, MN is tooth-saving therapy that relies on removing the infected pulp deep within your tooth. This is more complex than a simple dental filling, and our dentist in Rochester, MN takes the right steps to keep you relaxed and comfortable throughout the process.

However, because it is a more complex therapy than a simple dental filling, your tooth may require something more substantial than a filling following your root canal therapy, especially if the tooth is weak and vulnerable to breakage.

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that goes over the weakened tooth to help prevent loss and breakage. Dental crowns in our Rochester, MN dental office are colored and designed to match your smile. No one will guess that you even have a dental crown.  

Signs that you may need root canal therapy include:

  • Tooth pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Gum pain
  • A blister on your gum
  • Increased pain when chewing

If you have one or more of these symptoms, it is essential to contact our dental office sooner rather than later. A root infection can spread, compromise your tooth, and even lead to tooth loss.

We invite you to contact our dental office to schedule an exam with our dentist in Rochester, MN today.

You have probably heard of the term “root canal” and probably not in a positive light. In the past, root canals were complex procedures that could be lengthy. Today, we perform root canals in our Rochester, MN dental office using the latest technology and instruments to ensure your comfort and improve the outcome.

So, what is root canal therapy, anyway?

Infections can develop anywhere inside the body – your teeth included. When a tooth infection develops in or near the root of the tooth, it can become inflamed and painful. Often, infections worsen over time, especially without some type of professional intervention like a trip to your Rochester, MN root canal dentist.

A root canal procedure can actually save your tooth from requiring extraction. Since the pain that accompanies a root infection can be severe, we recommend you contact our dental office at the first sign of discomfort.

As with all treatments, we ensure that you are completely comfortable for your root canal in our Rochester dentist office and use plenty of local anesthetic to see you through. Once your root canal is complete, you will feel better and better each day until you have completely healed.

Dr. Molly Jarett will often recommend a dental crown to protect your tooth and smile.

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