If Drs. Cox or Clarke told you that you need a root canal, have no fear! The days of horribly painful root canals are over due to advancements in dental technology.
Why would I need a root canal?
The inside of each tooth is filled with "pulp", which carries the tooth's blood supply and nerves. If bacteria gain access to the pulp, through a fracture or deep cavity, the pulp may become infected, leading to pain and a risk of tooth loss. Root canal treatment eliminates bacteria from the infected canal to prevent reinfection of the tooth and save it.
Are there symptoms that I may experience which would mean I need a root canal?
If you experience the following symptoms, you may need a root canal:
- Severe pain while chewing or biting
- Pimples on the gums
- A chipped or cracked tooth
- Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold, even after the sensation has been removed]
- Swollen or tender gums
- Deep decay or darkening of the gums
What happens during a root canal procedure?
During your root canal, your dentist will remove the infected pulp and replace it with a rubber sealant. The tooth is then covered with a protective crown, which reinforces the tooth against future fractures and enhances the tooth's appearance. Root canals have an extremely high success rate in saving teeth that would otherwise be lost to infection. We offer same-day crowns, so we reduce the time associated with root canals, making them more convenient so you can get back to enjoying your life.
Is it going to hurt?
During a root canal, you will be put under anesthesia, like you would for wisdom tooth removal. The pain is described as like any other dental procedure. Once your procedure is over, you may have soreness and pain, but any mild discomfort should subside after a few days.
Are there any alternatives?
The only alternative to a root canal procedure is extracting the tooth, which in most cases, is not the ideal solution.
Belle Meade Family Dental serves patients in Flowood, Brandon and the surrounding areas of Rankin County. We offer same-day crowns, cosmetic and restorative procedures, cleaning and prevention services, dental implants and tooth extraction. At Belle Meade Family Dental, we aim to provide the ultimate patient experience with the highest level of quality care.
American Academy of Endodontists, https://www.aae.org/patients/root-canal-treatment/what-is-a-root-canal/, accessed 3.24.22.