Have you ever experienced unexpected, severe, or sudden tooth pain? One main cause of pain like this is an infection deep within the roots of your tooth. The best way to address this kind of infection and preserve your natural tooth is via a root canal. While the term root canal often causes people to cringe, our commitment is to make sure you are comfortable throughout the process.
Our team is specially trained in endodontics, the study and treatment of the root canals of teeth. We are ready to help you feel better fast!
What is a root canal?
A root canal is simply a restorative dental procedure that is used to save a tooth that is infected or severely decayed.
Decay or an infection deep within your tooth can cause immense pain. If you leave it untreated, the end result could eventually be tooth extraction, something nobody wants! It’s always best to keep your natural teeth if at all possible. With a root canal, your dentist can get into the tooth, get rid of the infection or decay that is causing the problem, and preserve your tooth against future problems.
What are the common root canal symptoms?
It is always best if you have your symptoms checked as soon as you can. Letting issues go too long can often lead to more serious trouble down the road.
Some of the symptoms that may mean you need a root canal include:
- Sudden onset of severe tooth pain.
- Pain during chewing.
- New sensitivity to hot and cold.
- Sudden change in tooth color.
- Abscess on gums.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we recommend that you contact our office right away to schedule an appointment. They may be a sign of serious trouble, and we’ll make sure that your symptoms are addressed and work with you to create a perfect treatment plan tailored to suit your needs.
How does the root canal procedure work?
During a root canal surgery, the dentist will thoroughly clean out the root canal and fill the space with an antibiotic to kill any infection. Then the root canals are sealed up to stop new bacteria from getting in. After you have a chance to recover, generally in about a week, we put a crown on the tooth to give it even more strength and protection.
Even though root canals have a reputation for being painful, modern practices make sure that it’s a comfortable process. Our team is sensitive to your needs and will make sure your root canal experience is far better than expected.
Don’t wait to get your toothache fixed! Call to schedule your appointment today.