Root Canal Treatment and Relief
Many people are under the impression that having a root canal is extremely painful. This is why some avoid it even when it is absolutely necessary. The reality is that they are no more painful than having a cavity filled. If you allow the damaged pulp to remain where it is without treatment, it can become infected and cause dental abscesses, which often lead to tooth removal (which is certainly painful and leads to other dental issues).
There are several indications that a root canal may be needed, including:
- Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- A persistent toothache
- Pimples on the gums
- Tenderness of the gums
If you notice any of these issues, you should speak to your dentist about it as soon as possible.
Once a root canal procedure has been performed and the tooth has been cleaned, you may need to schedule another visit in order to have the space filled. This is because medication is often administered directly into the tooth. This will prevent the spread of bacteria and infection. Once it is clear that there is no issue, you will be asked to return to complete the procedure.
While it may seem incredibly frightening to have a root canal, it is another part of maintaining your dental health and is likely less unpleasant than you may be imagining. It may be a bit discomforting to think about someone removing infected material from inside the tooth, but it is a necessary process. Allowing it to fester and remain in poor condition can lead to much larger problems.
~Zirker Family Dentistry