Root Canal Treatment
If there’s one dental procedure that causes patients to feel stress, it is probably root canal treatment. Most people associate root canals with pain, and rightfully so. If you need a root canal, it is most likely because your tooth is infected, which is very painful.
However, a root canal will actually relieve your pain and eliminate your infection, which preserves your natural tooth and protects it from a tooth extraction.
When Is a Root Canal Recommended?
Your Ohio dentist will recommend a root canal when a tooth becomes decayed or fractured into its nerve, which causes it to become abscessed or infected. During the procedure, your dentist will remove the infected tissue from inside your tooth and seal it to protect it and allow it to heal. Then your tooth will be rebuilt and strengthened with a permanent filling or dental crown, which provides you with the same function you had before your infection.
What Are the Symptoms of a Dental Infection?
Symptoms of a dental infection often start with sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. This sensitivity may go away on its own at first, but it can be indicating tooth decay. This is a good time to contact your dentist for a checkup before the decay progresses further into your tooth.
An infected root canal causes severe and constant pain that doesn't go away on its own, and won't go away with over-the-counter medication in most cases. You might also experience swelling or a raised bump by the affected tooth. This is the time to contact your Highland Heights emergency dentist right away for treatment.
Does the Procedure Hurt?
The common misconception about root canals is that they are painful when the truth is that they actually relieve not only your pain but also the infection that caused it. Our dentists are very experienced, compassionate, and gentle, so they will ensure that you’re comfortable throughout your root canal procedure. They also rely on the best dental anesthetics, which will immediately relieve your discomfort as soon as it's delivered.
How to Avoid Root Canal Treatment
Every patient’s situation varies; however, you can avoid some root canal procedures with consistent preventive checkups and cleanings. Your Willoughby dentist can detect decay in your tooth very early on, and if you treat it before it progresses, a simple dental filling is typically enough to do the job.
If you wait to visit the dentist until your tooth hurts, or you put off treating tooth decay, this allows it to move into your nerve, and the painful infection begins.
Visiting your dentist consistently at least every six months helps you avoid dental infections and the need for more complex treatment like a root canal.
Contact Snyder & Winks Dental
If you’re feeling dental pain or sensitivity, don’t hesitate to contact Snyder & Winks Dental right away. We’ll get you feeling better and back on the path to wellness as soon as possible.