Don’t Fear the Root Canal. Get Treatment Today!
When you hear the words “root canal,” you’d probably think that it involves a lot of discomfort to get done. The truth is, root canal therapy is no more uncomfortable than receiving a dental filling. Furthermore, root canal therapy is known for having a very high success rate, so there’s very little reason to worry about future complications.
If you’re experiencing tooth pain or extreme sensitivity, contact our dental staff to schedule an appointment. They can help you remove your oral infection, get your tooth restored and make chewing and smiling easy once again. Contact our office today!
How Do Oral Infections Develop?
The outer layer teeth, the enamel, is an incredibly durable substance. In fact, it’s the most durable material in the human body. However, it can still be penetrated either through slowly formed decay from plaque or as a result of physical trauma. In both instances, the vulnerable inner tooth (pulp) can become exposed. If bacteria reaches the pulp, it can easily cause an infection.
Over time, this infection will begin to grow and apply pressure against the many nerve endings inside the pulp. This swelling results in significant pain and discomfort, making it very clear that something is wrong.
What Does the Process Entail?
After examining your tooth and taking X-rays to confirm the presence of an infection, our dentists will numb the tooth and surrounding area to remove any pain you’re been experiencing. Because of this step, the root canal itself will cause very little to no discomfort.
After preparation, we’ll create a small hole in the crown in order to access the pulp. Through this hole, we can remove all infected tissue, irrigate the tooth, and place antibacterial filler material known as gutta-percha inside. This is designed to replace the diseased tissue and prevent future infections from occurring. Once filled, we’ll seal the tooth with a permanent crown to protect the damaged tooth underneath, giving it time to heal.
Recovery after a root canal only takes about a week at the most, but you should be able to continue normal activities after the first 24 to 48 hours from your treatment date. Avoid chewing on that side of your mouth during the first couple of days and take pain medication as needed. You’ll also need to practice your normal oral care routine.
Do I Need a Root Canal?
The most common sign that you need a root canal is either significant discomfort or extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. However, there are other signs that you should keep in mind for yourself and those around you. They include:
- Swelling or tenderness of the gums
- Tooth discoloration (typically dark brown or grey)
- Pain while chewing or applying pressure
- A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums
If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is considered to be a dental emergency and requires treatment as soon as possible.