Root Canal Treatment
Few words have the power to incite panic in most individuals as much as “root canal.” If you are like most people, you have probably heard a horror story about somebody’s bad experience in the dental chair.
It might surprise you to learn that a root canal is actually a routine procedure that is very similar to getting a common filling. In fact, a root canal should be looked upon favorably because it can save an infected tooth that might otherwise have been extracted!
If you are in pain and think you have an infected tooth, don’t put off calling the dentist. With Dr. Jeffrey Stasch, root canals are both efficient and comfortable. The sooner you get in to see him, the sooner your pain will end and your tooth will be saved.
The Most Common Cause for a Root Canal
If you have a toothache that persists and gets worse over time, chances are that you have an infection in the soft interior portion of your tooth root.
When the pulp of your tooth is infected, it is extremely painful. In fact, this pain is far worse than the root canal itself—and is likely at the bottom of the irrational fear surrounding the procedure.
When a tooth is infected, that infection will not heal on its own. If you let the infection go, it will get worse and it might spread to your healthy teeth. You might also lose the infected tooth. In almost all situations, it is better to save an infected tooth with a root canal. The root canal procedure is far less invasive and less expensive than a tooth extraction. It pays in more than one way to get to the dentist when you have a tooth infection!
Symptoms That Might Mean You Need a Root Canal
Although in most cases, the pain of an infected tooth brings patients into the dentist, there are some other symptoms that might indicate root canal therapy is needed, including the following:
- A tooth that has become discolored
- Sudden sensitivity in a tooth to touch or temperature change
- Gum swelling around a specific tooth
- A pimple-like lesion that appears on the gum
The Root Canal Procedure
As mentioned, the procedure itself is just about as routine as a filling. Just like when you receive a filling, the area around the tooth site will be numbed. Dr. Stasch will not start the procedure until you are completely comfortable.
Treatment starts with your dentist making a tiny hole in the tooth to completely clean the area. The infection will be removed, and the root will be sterilized to ensure that no bacteria remain. The hole will then be sealed and the remaining tooth structure covered with a crown. The process leaves the tooth somewhat brittle, and a crown will ensure that you get back the full function of your tooth.
You might experience some sensitivity in the area immediately after the procedure, but this is normal and will clear up within a few days.
If you do experience any abnormal pain or swelling, be sure to call our office immediately.
Just remember that dental pain is never normal. If you are in pain, call to make an appointment immediately!