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What Is a Root Canal Ledge?

December 26, 2022
Posted By: Drs. Maier and Gronsten

In this blog, our goal is to answer the question, “what is a root canal ledge?” We also want to cover other common endodontic questions about root canals in Mitchel, SD, including how to lower your risks for these tooth infections and how modern treatment makes for a straightforward procedure.  

Some people fear root canals, believing all the myths surrounding these straightforward procedures. We aim to dispel the rumors and folklore, giving you the truth: Root canals are neither painful nor complex.  

What Is a Root Canal?

A root canal on its own is not a dental treatment. The canal or pathway at the center of your tooth holds the pulp and nerves of the tooth. A root canal becomes root canal therapy if the pathway becomes damaged, inflamed, or infected.

Signs of a Root Canal Infection

If you have an emerging root canal infection or the tooth nerves are damaged, you may not experience pain, but there may be swelling. However, a painless root canal infection is rare. Instead, most people experience symptoms that can be severe.

If you have an infection in the tooth root, you may notice one or all of the following:

  • Severe toothache or rising tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw or face swelling
  • A bump or blister on the gum
  • Tooth discoloration

Root canal pain can increase quickly, so it’s essential to contact your dentist in Mitchell, SD, when symptoms first present. Without treatment, the pain can keep you awake, forcing you to cancel plans, and even putting your oral health at risk.

Call us as soon as possible if you have a toothache, especially when accompanied by swelling.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Despite what you may have heard, root canal therapy is the fastest way to eliminate pain caused by tooth root infections.

Your dentist removes the infection from the canal after anesthetizing the area around your tooth. Then we rinse the canal and seal it to urge healing. At a future dental visit, we usually crown the tooth to restore it fully. 

What Is a Root Canal Ledge?

According to an article published in the Journal of Endodontics, “a ledge is created when the working length can no longer be negotiated, and the original pathway of the canal is lost.” Proper canal cleaning and shaping techniques utilized by your dentist can significantly lower your risks for a root canal ledge. Additionally, your dentist can often bypass this ledge to treat your infection.

Does Root Canal Treatment Hurt?

We rely on the latest endodontic advances and comfort technologies to provide you with a more relaxing root canal treatment. We also use powerful anesthesia to provide a numb or fully anesthetized treatment site. As a result, you may feel pressure and work being done on your tooth, but you should not feel pain.

We’re pleased to offer sedation dentistry in Mitchell, SD, if you need additional reassurance.

For mild sedation, talk to your dentist about nitrous oxide. This gas wears off immediately after treatment so that you can enjoy your day.

We also offer oral sedation, a pill taken before treatment for more substantial relaxation. With this option, you will need transportation and should rest for the remainder of the day.

Your dentist can combine relaxant therapies for optimal results, and we always take a health history before administering sedation.

Lowering Your Risks

Even though root canal therapy and dental fillings are straightforward and not painful, it is always better to have no oral health issues requiring treatment.

Preventive dentistry can significantly lower your risks for cavities and oral infections. Prevention means two dental checkups per year that include:

Your twice-yearly teeth cleaning is especially vital to your oral health because it rids your teeth of tenacious debris that cannot be cleared with your toothbrush.

Additionally, it would be best if you were brushing and flossing your teeth after every meal. If this is difficult, shoot for twice daily.

In some cases, root canal infections result from tooth trauma or injury. So always report oral health mishaps to your dentist. And let us know if you suspect bruxism (nighttime teeth grinding). Finally, wear a mouthguard or face gear—customized to fit is always best—if you compete in athletics.

Through your healthy habits, proactive planning, and regular dental care, you can significantly lower your risks for most oral health conditions.

Contact Your Dentist Near Me for Root Canal Treatment

We consider root canal infections dental emergencies because they cause pain and threaten oral health. If you suspect a root infection, give us a call immediately.

Our dentists are happy to accept CareCredit and Citi Health, interest-free credit cards that allow for health and dental care financing. A member of our friendly dental staff can help you apply today. Financing decisions typically take less than an hour.

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