Root Canal Therapy
If you ask people what they fear most at the dentist, “root canal treatment” will likely get more than its fair share of votes.
What most people don’t realize about root canals, however, is that the pain they are suffering before they find out they need a root canal is usually far worse than the procedure itself.
You should also remember that a root canal will likely mean that the tooth in question can be saved. In decades past, developing an infection in the tooth root usually meant that extraction was the only option for relieving pain and protecting healthy teeth.
There is no reason to fear getting a root canal! This common dental procedure can be done quickly and painlessly in just one or two visits to the dentist.
If you have a toothache, call Urgent Dental Care of New Hampshire today. Find out if a root canal will alleviate your dental pain.
When Is Root Canal Treatment Necessary?
When there is an infection deep in the pulp of the tooth root, a root canal is probably needed. The pulp of the tooth contains nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels.
For many patients, a toothache that continues to get worse might be a sign that a root canal is necessary.
Other signs of infection that needs treatment include the following:
- Pain in the tooth that gets worse when chewing
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- A tooth that has grown darker in color
- A spot on the gums that resembles a pimple
- Tenderness or swelling of the gums and cheek
What Can I Expect with a Root Canal Procedure?
The root canal procedure is pretty simple. First, the area surrounding the infected tooth will be numbed so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure.
Once the anesthetic starts working, your dentist will create a tiny hole in the tooth. The infected material can be drained through this hole. Your dentist will clean out and flush the area until all bacteria and debris are removed.
Once the infection has been eliminated, the area might be saturated with an antibiotic to help prevent further infection. The tooth root will then be sealed. This will keep the area free from any further infection.
Even without the tooth root, a fully developed tooth can continue to be nourished by the surrounding tissue so it can remain healthy. However, in most cases, a crown will be placed on the remaining tooth structure. This will help restore the strength that is eliminated when the pulp of the tooth was removed.
Without the crown, the remaining tooth structure can become brittle and prone to fracture. With the crown, you will regain full function of the tooth so it can last you for many more years to come.
Call Urgent Dental Care of New Hampshire to Find Out More about Root Canals
Don’t let your fear of this simple, straightforward procedure keep you from the dentist. Save your tooth and put an end to toothache pain.
Give us a call at the first indication that you might need a root canal.