Root Canal Therapy
If you have pain in a single tooth, or pain that you can’t really pinpoint, then you might need root canal therapy – a treatment that may send shivers down your spine. Despite its bad reputation, root canal therapy is genuinely very gentle. The fact of the matter is, not getting root canal therapy when you need it could end up causing you a whole lot more pain and stress in the future.
At Lynn Creek Dental Care, we take precautions to make sure your treatment is comfortable so you don’t have to feel nervous about the procedure. We’ll also look into other treatment options beforehand to make sure that root canal therapy will truly be beneficial to you.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy deals with the soft tissue inside each tooth runs from root to crown. Root canal treatment also goes by the name of endodontics (“endo” means inside” and “odont” means tooth). This inner pulp material can become infected for a variety of reasons. You may have far-reaching decay, a crack or a chip may have left your tooth more susceptible, or repeated dental procedures on the same tooth may have increased the possibility of further damage.
With root canal therapy, we clean out all the decay, remove the root, and sterilize the entire tooth. Once that is complete, we restore it with a dental crown just to ensure that it’s strengthened and can function fully again.
Does the Root Canal Treatment Procedure Hurt?
Ironically, one of the reasons root canal therapy has a bad image in many people’s minds is not the treatment itself – but the pain that one experiences when they have tooth decay. It’s really the swelling inside the mouth and cavities caused by bacteria that is painful, not the root canal itself. Without treatment, you will continue to experience pain, and if left untreated, you will eventually lose the tooth through widespread infection.
Root canals are generally no more uncomfortable or awkward for the patient than getting a filling or teeth cleaning. Additionally, we have comfort options to keep you calm and relaxed during this simple, routine procedure.
How Do I Know if I Need a Root Canal?
The only way to know for sure whether you need a root canal is to see a dental professional for an evaluation. Sometimes pain might signal a different problem, and sometimes teeth people needing a root canal won’t experience pain at all. That being said, there are some common symptoms that root canal patients experience that you can be on the lookout for:
- Pain (dull ache to severe pain)
- Lingering hot or cold sensitivity
- Discomfort while chewing or biting
- Darkening of a tooth
- Bump resembling a pimple on gums
- Tender or swollen gums
If you start to notice any of these signs, we strongly recommend scheduling a dental appointment so that you can address the issue before it worsens.