“Root canal” can be a scary term for some people. At Always About Smiles, we use modern technology to make root canals simple and painless. We’ve answered some commonly asked questions about our root canal therapy — feel free to contact our office with any additional concerns.
Why might I need a root canal?
Root canals are needed when a tooth becomes infected. That means a buildup of bacteria has reached the internal nerve tissue of the tooth. You may notice this infection due to one or more of these common symptoms:
- severe pain when chewing
- lingering sensitivity to hot or cold
- tenderness or swelling near the infected tooth
- a recurring pimple on the gum near the infected tooth
- darkening of the tooth
If you notice any of these signs, please contact our office right away. The sooner we see you in our office, the sooner we can take care of the infection and save your tooth. The longer you wait, the more likely your tooth will be to die. For information on our emergency dental care, please visit our page.
Is a root canal painful?
Root canal therapy itself is not painful, but the need for one sure is! If you are experiencing pain due to a tooth infection, let us use our safe, modern root canal techniques to erase your discomfort. The process begins by administering a local anesthetic to numb the area. This will take care of any discomfort due to the procedure and help you stay comfortable. We also offer nitrous oxide and oral conscious dental sedation for patients who want to feel even more at ease. We then gently access the interior of the tooth and remove the infected nerve. After cleaning the interior of the tooth, the tooth is saved by placing filling inside roots. We often finish off the dental procedure by placing a dental crown to restore the tooth’s structural integrity. This process effectively eliminates your tooth’s ability to feel pain, restores its health, and helps you get back to your normal life — all very painlessly.
How can I prevent the need for a root canal?
Preventing the need for a root canal is simple. Follow these easy instructions to keep your mouth healthy and clean:
- Brush your teeth at least three times a day. Use a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles to best reach all of the nooks and crannies in your mouth.
- Floss in between your teeth once per day to dislodge any debris.
- Avoid sugary snacks, and brush your teeth immediately afterward if you do indulge.
- Keep regular cleaning and exam appointments. When you see a dental hygienist for a dental cleaning every six months, we can ensure that your mouth is as clean and healthy as possible. A routine exam will also help us catch and treat any small problem before it leads to the need for a root canal.
- Follow any hygiene by the doctor or hygienist instructions given to you by the dentist.
If you think you may need a root canal, contact us immediately. We can be reached at (484) 403-0099 or via our online form. We will be happy to help!