What is A Molar Root Canal?
Have you been dealing with a painful, aching tooth?
It could be decay or it could be a sign of infected dental pulp. Inside the tooth lies tissue that can become susceptible to infection when bacteria enter the tooth. When this happens, it’s important that you turn to your Bangor, ME, dentist, Dr. Alain Auguste, right away for care. Root canals can be performed on any tooth, but we have the specialized training to be able to perform root canals on molars or back teeth.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is an endodontic procedure that requires Dr. Auguste and his team to go inside the tooth to treat the infection and to remove the inflamed or infected dental pulp. While the pulp is important for the development of a tooth, once the tooth has fully matured the pulp is no longer needed in order to preserve the tooth. A root canal will not only get rid of the source of your pain but will also preserve your natural tooth.
While root canals typically take about 30-60 minutes, getting a root canal performed on a molar is a little different. These teeth are much larger than the rest of your teeth. They can also contain up to four canals, so it will take our team a little more time to remove the infected tissue and make sure that the canals are cleaned out and properly sealed. Root canals on molars can take up to 90 minutes or longer while premolars may take about one hour because they only have 1-2 roots.
Will a root canal hurt?
There is a lot of information out there about root canals, and unfortunately, this procedure has gotten a bad reputation. We are here to tell you that our job as your dentist is to make sure that you feel comfortable and at ease throughout the root canal process. While we will fully numb the tooth first, so you won’t feel a thing, we also understand that undergoing dental procedures of any kind can make you feel a little nervous.
That’s why Dr. Auguste and his team offer sedation dentistry, which can take the edge off your next visit and make your molar root canal easier on you. Sedation dentistry can help keep you calm and relaxed, and can even reduce pain sensations. If you are about to undergo a root canal at our practice, ask us how sedation dentistry may be able to ease your anxiety and make the process even easier.