Root canal therapy may be one of the most dreaded dental procedures out there, but unfortunately its bad rap is due to a whole lot of myth and misinformation. Root canals don’t actually cause pain; the pain you may feel is from the infection itself. With root canal treatment, the Parkside Family Dental team can rid your tooth of the infection, alleviate your pain, and prevent you from having to get a tooth extraction.
What Is a Root Canal?
Getting a root canal is a routine procedure that’s often compared to getting a simple tooth filling. We’ll make a small hole in your tooth, through which we’ll remove any of the decayed tissue. Essentially, we’re cleaning out the root canals. Once that’s done, we’ll seal the tooth to keep it safe from further infection, and we’ll often complete the procedure by adding a restoration on top (like a dental crown) for added protection and strength.
What Causes You to Need Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment is necessary whenever the inner tissue or pulp of a tooth becomes severely infected. There are a variety of situations that could cause this. Severe decay, large filling(s), or a crack or a chip in your tooth could all potentially open the door to a severe infection. Getting repeated dental procedures on the same tooth and suffering a dental trauma are two other main causes.
Symptoms to Look Out For
Wonder how you’ll know if you need a root canal procedure? Different people can experience different symptoms, but here are some common signs to look out for:
- Tooth pain
- Tooth sensitivity with hot or cold food/beverages
- Tooth discoloration
- Red or swollen gums
- Pimple-like bump near a tooth
If you notice any of those symptoms, we recommend you schedule an appointment at our office so we can determine whether a root canal is necessary and act quickly.
Don’t wait for the problem to get worse!