The overall goal at TenderCare Dental Center is to help you maintain comprehensive dental health. A root canal procedure may become necessary in order to retain as many natural teeth as possible and ensure the health of your smile.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
Many people cringe at the thought of a root canal, but it is a simple treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. When the nerve of the tooth becomes infected or the pulp becomes damaged, these elements need to be removed and the inside of the tooth cleaned and sealed to prevent further injury.
A tooth can become damaged due to a variety of causes. These can range from injury, repeated dental work, a cracked or broken tooth, or decay. Your tooth may sustain root canal injury with no outward visible sign or symptom until pain begins or your dentist discovers it.
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
Symptoms accompany the need for a root canal, which can range from any of the following:
- severe toothache pain upon chewing or application of pressure
- prolonged sensitivity/pain to heat or cold temperatures (after the hot or cold has been removed)
- darkening of the tooth
- swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
- persistent or recurring pimple on the gums
It’s important to keep in mind that sometimes no symptoms are present but the problem is detected by your dentist through a regularly scheduled oral examination and x-rays.
What to Expect During a Root Canal Procedure
The goal of root canal therapy is to save your damaged tooth. In order to preserve it, the infected nerve tissue or pulp is removed and any remaining bacterial infection is treated. Your dentist will then replace the removed nerve tissue with medicated dental material.
Root canal therapy generally involves only one visit to your TenderCare Dental Center. It’s important to protect the tooth that received the root canal procedure by avoiding sticky foods and treat any minor pain or sensitivity with over-the-counter pain medication.
Most people report that the procedure itself is no more painful than having a filling placed. The discomfort experienced in the period leading up to a seeking of dental care is truly the painful period of time, not the root canal procedure itself. But nevertheless, we here at TenderCare will help you through this simple procedure.