A root canal can be a critical procedure that may save some of your teeth. However, when many people think about root canals, they fixate on how painful the procedure supposedly is.
The truth of the matter, though, is that the pain isn’t from the procedure. It’s from the infection that’s growing in the base of a tooth. The root canal procedure is all about relieving that pain, and at Morgan Family Dental we can help you preserve your teeth and end the pain.
How Does It Work?
A root canal procedure is used to save teeth that are either badly decayed or suffering from an infection – usually when the infection in the nerve has damaged the pulp.
We begin the procedure with a detailed x-ray so we can determine the shape of the canals and spot all the signs of infection in and around the root. Next, we’ll apply some anesthetic to minimize your discomfort, and then start to create the access hole in the tooth.
The next step is to remove the pulp, bacteria, and decayed nerve. Then we’ll use a series of files to make sure the area is completely clean before sealing it up.
Do You Need a Root Canal?
Sometimes a toothache is just a toothache. But sometimes it may be indicative of something more serious. There are several signs that may suggest you need a root canal, including:
- Severe pain when you chew or apply pressure to the tooth
- Severe sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages
- A single tooth has become dark or discolored
- A swelling or tenderness in the gums around the tooth
- Persistent and recurring pimples in the gums
It’s time to put an end to the pain. Contact us today and schedule an appointment.