Root Canal Therapy
Many people's worst fear when it comes to the dentist is a root canal, but don't let the myths floating around give you the wrong idea and prevent you from getting the treatment when you need it. Root canal therapy is a way to heal and save a severely infected tooth so you don't end up losing it prematurely. Not to mention that whatever discomfort the root canal infection is causing is what's actually painful — not the procedure.
Signs You May Need Root Canal Treatment
A root canal can become infected due to multiple reasons. You may have deep decay, it may be a result of repeated dental procedures on the same tooth, or there might be a chip or crack in a tooth that let bacteria in.
There are a number of different signs that you might need root canal treatment. Here are some of the most common:
- Dull ache to a sharp pain
- Tenderness or swelling in your gums
- Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
- Gum boil (pimple-like bump)
- Darkened teeth
If you notice any of these, we recommend you make an appointment with Dr. Tin at Villa Vista Dental so we can get you the appropriate treatment, whether or not that means a root canal. The only way to truly know if you need a root canal specifically is to visit a dentist so they can take a look. This is because each patient is unique in what they do or don't experience and because some the symptoms could be so subtle that you might overlook them.
How Root Canal Therapy Works
A lot of patients think that root canal surgery is an extremely complex procedure, when really it's quite similar to getting a routine filling. We'll make a small hole in your tooth through which we'll remove any of the inflamed or infected pulp from within your tooth's root canals. Once all of that has been taken out, we'll clean and seal the canals. The last step is placing a restoration like a crown or filling on top to protect it and get it back to full function.
When you don't take care of a tooth infection, or an abscessed tooth, it can not only cause you a whole lot of pain but it can also cause severe damage to surrounding teeth and your bone. Root canal therapy is a step to prevent that and make sure you don't have to get a tooth extraction.
Let us help you get back to a healthy smile!