Do I Need A Root Canal?
Most people shudder when they hear the words ‘root canal’, but this procedure can be a very effective way to relieve the pain of an infected tooth while saving your tooth from further decay.
Paying attention to these signs and getting the work done promptly can save you from worsening pain and help you keep your tooth. The following are a few of the symptoms that may indicate you need a root canal:
- Extreme sensitivity in your tooth, especially to hot or cold.
- Toothache pain that is severe or persistent.
- Abscess on or swelling of gums.
If you notice any of the above, please call for an appointment. We’ll examine your tooth and can determine whether a root canal is required.
What Is A Root Canal?
Root canals are used to save teeth that are deeply decayed. This happens when the decay goes so deep that it reaches the tooth’s pulp (tissue inside the tooth). Decay can then cause infection, which needs to be cleaned out. Similarly, if you have received an injury or some kind of trauma to the tooth, a root canal may be necessary.
The Root Canal Procedure
To save your tooth and to relieve your pain, we will remove the pulp from the center of your tooth. We’ll also remove bacteria and decay. The space is then filled with medicated dental material which restores your tooth, allowing it to function normally again.
Best of all, once we’ve completed the procedure, you’ll be free from pain. Often, we’ll also cap your tooth with a dental crown, further protecting and strengthening it. Your tooth has been saved, and your pain is alleviated.
There is nothing to fear with a root canal, and we’ll do everything in our power to make sure your experience is comfortable. We can provide anesthesia to lessen your pain and discomfort.
After your root canal, you will want to wait for the numbness and anesthesia to wear off before you eat. We’ll provide antibiotics, which you should take to prevent any further infection.
Call To Relieve Your Toothache
If you’ve been suffering from tooth pain or you’ve noticed any of the signs we described above, don’t hesitate to call us. A root canal is a wonderful way to treat your infected tooth and alleviate your pain.