If you’ve ever experienced the severe tooth pain that comes with a decayed or infected tooth, then you know what a great relief endodontic therapy (root canals) can be.
Why would you need a root canal?
Root canals become necessary when the living tissue in the middle of a tooth becomes infected or abscessed. This is where the patient experiences pain, and needs the infection cleaned out.
An infected tooth can be extremely painful, and urgent dental care is usually needed.
Some symptoms of a decayed or infected tooth are:
- 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)
- Discoloration (usually a darkening) of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
- A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums
- Sometimes, no symptoms are present
How a root canal relieves your pain
The root canal procedure is performed when the nerve of the tooth has become infected or the pulp has been damaged. The root canal procedure removes the infected tissue, disinfects the tooth, and seals the inside of the tooth.
In many cases, a tooth requires a crown after the root canal is completed. This is because a tooth needing a root canal usually has had a large amount of decay. A crown is used to protect the tooth, prevent it from breaking, and to restore it to full function after the procedure is done.
A root canal is no more uncomfortable than having a filling placed in a tooth. The time leading up to seeking dental care for the tooth is the most painful period, not the procedure itself.
After the root canal
After the root canal is complete, your tooth will not feel any different than before. As soon as the sensitivity from the procedure subsides, you can resume normal activities.
Maintain proper flossing habits and continue to brush twice a day to prevent any future tooth problems. You can use the root canal as an opportunity to kick-start your best dental hygiene habits moving forward!
And, as always, make sure to visit us in Arlington twice a year for cleanings and check-ups.