There Is No Reason to Fear Root Canal Treatment
If you have a bad toothache that seems to be getting progressively worse, you might be a candidate for root canal therapy. It’s probably one of the most feared procedures in dentistry, but the root canal has been getting a bad rap.
Don’t let unwarranted fear stop you from calling your dentist if you are suffering from tooth pain. Getting a root canal is similar to getting a filling, thanks to dental anesthesia, and it can save your tooth! Call Dr. Mary Huffman or Dr. Robbie Sheffield today if you think you might need a root canal.
Symptoms That Might Mean You Need a Root Canal
In most cases, a severe toothache brings patients into our office. But there are other signs that could indicate a root canal is needed:
- A “pimple” on the gums
- Swelling and tenderness in the gums that may radiate to the cheek
- Pain that is aggravated by chewing or temperature changes
- Darkening of one or more teeth
Why Root Canal Treatment Is So Important
When the tooth pulp becomes infected, that infection can spread and impact your healthy teeth. Once infection spreads, you risk developing other problems—including tooth loss. It’s important that a tooth infection be treated immediately before healthy teeth are damaged.
What to Expect with Root Canal Therapy
Most people are nervous about coming in for a root canal, but the procedure itself is a simple one that Dr. Huffman and Dr. Sheffield perform regularly. Most patients say it was no worse than getting a run-of-the-mill dental filling!
After the area has been numbed with local anesthetic, your dentist will create a small hole in the tooth. This will enable her to drain the infected material. After the pulp and bacteria are gone, the tooth’s interior will be thoroughly cleaned and rinsed with an antibiotic to prevent infection from returning.
The tooth will then be sealed and filled. In most cases, a dental crown is needed to strengthen the now-weakened structure of the treated tooth. The crown will blend in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth. A crown will also give you back the full form and function your tooth had before it was infected.
What to Expect after Treatment
After you have undergone root canal therapy, you may find that the site of the treatment is a bit sore. This should not last for more than a day or two.
Sometimes your newly crowned tooth will be a bit sensitive for a few days, but this too should subside soon. Most discomfort should be quite mild and can be treated with an over-the-counter pain medication. If you do happen to experience continued problems, be sure to contact our office.
Call Our Office if You Think You Might Need a Root Canal
If you have a toothache or other symptoms, give us a call right away. It’s important to get treated immediately!