A root canal is a procedure that is needed when the nerve of the tooth undergoes signigicant trauma or is infected. This usually occurs from exposure to the nerve, which is often caused by tooth decay or injury.
During the procedure, the infected nerve is removed from the tooth. Once the nerve is removed, the tooth is filled with the proper material and sealed to prevent further infection.
Typical warning signs of needing root canal therapy are teeth that have lingering and/or throbbing pain after eating or drinking cold or hot foods. Teeth that are continually bite sensitive and then ache afterward. In extreme situations there might be severe swelling. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms please contact our office so that your pain can be diagnosed and we can help you start the healing process.
While root canals have had a bad reputation in the past, modern day root canals are much more pleasant. In most cases having a root canal will be a lot like getting a filling, it will just take a little more time. In general the worst part is the “shot” and then you should feel no pain during the actual root canal therapy. People that go through a lot of pain when needing a root canal, typically ignore the warning signs and then post pone their root canal treatment. It is best to be proactive when root canals are needed. The earlier root canals are performed, the less painful the situation will be.
If you are experiencing abnormal pain, sensitivity, or swelling, you might need a root canal. Please don't hesitate to call us with any questions you may have.