So you’ve been told you may a root canal. Endodontic therapy has developed a reputation for being a unique form of torture performed by your dentist — so if you are like a lot of people, you may feel dread, panic, or sheer terror at the prospect.
We actually don’t know why this tooth-saving technique has such a bad name. It could be that in the dark old days of dentistry, before modern technological advancements, it was a rather unpleasant experience. (The same could be said for a lot of dental procedures!) It could have something to do with the fact that patients are already in pain, hence the need for the root canal procedure. Regardless of its roots, this myth is just that — a story with no basis in fact.
The truth is that most people report that their endodontic procedure was no more painful than getting a tooth filled. Your mouth will be thoroughly numbed so you will not feel a thing. If you are nervous, we can take the edge off with mild dental sedation.
Endodontics Will Restore the Health of Your Mouth
If you have advanced decay that has reached the inner pulp of your tooth, or you have an infection of the tooth root called an abscess, you will need root canal therapy. Symptoms of an abscess may include:
- Persistent and painful toothache
- Sensitivity to temperature extremes (hot and cold)
- Pain or sensitivity when chewing or biting
- Swelling in the face
- Swollen lymph nodes
- A pimple or bump on your gum
If the pulp of your tooth has been exposed due to traumatic injury, you may need a root canal to prevent infection from setting in. Successful endodontic therapy will stop the pain of your infection and save your tooth. If left untreated, you will lose your tooth.
The Process Is Easy Peasy
If, after a thorough examination, we determine that you need endodontic therapy, we will numb your mouth with local anesthesia. Once you are comfortable, we will create a small hole in your tooth. Through that opening, we will remove every trace of infected tissue, as well as the connecting nerves, so you will no longer be able to feel pain in the tooth. We will then thoroughly clean out the cavity. Once the inner chamber of the tooth is clean and prepared, we will fill it with a material called gutta-percha, which will keep bacteria out. We will top your tooth with a custom dental crown to strengthen and protect it. With proper care, your repaired tooth should last a lifetime.
If you would like to learn more about root canal therapy or any of our dental services, call Davenport Dental Group at 956-242-6745 (Junction Drive) or 956-517-2695 (Winfield). We also offer a convenient online contact form for non-emergency matters.