Many patients worry they’ll need a root canal if they have a toothache. In fact, the better way to phrase that question might be, “Do I have to have a root canal?” The good news is that root canals are not the painful, traumatic procedures they have a reputation for being. In fact, most patients experience significant relief from pain and sensitivity following root canal therapy. The only way to know for sure you’re in need of this treatment is to schedule an appointment with a dentist. However, being aware of the warning signs and calling your dentist at the first indications might help you preserve your tooth and reduce discomfort.
Symptoms of Root Canal Infection
We always encourage our patients to be aware of changes in their oral health. Any pain or sensitivity, no matter how mild, may indicate a need for dental care. If you have any of the following warning signs of root canal infection, please call our team right away:
- Chronic aching pain centered on one tooth
- Sharp pain when biting down with a specific tooth
- Dark spots on the tooth
- Tooth sensitivity that lingers for several seconds after exposure to a hot or cold substance
- Sores, swelling, discoloration, or infection in the gum line around a tooth
What Happens During a Root Canal?
Root canals are actually simple procedures that do not cause any more discomfort than other restorations like dental crowns. We begin by numbing the area around the tooth that needs to be treated. Then, a small access hole is drilled into the top of the tooth to the inner, pulp layer. We carefully remove the nerve and pulp from the tooth. Then, the inner layer is refilled with a biocompatible substance. The access hole is refilled, and to protect and strengthen this treated tooth, we will craft and place a dental crown. The entire process is usually completed over the course of two to three visits, but the good news is, we’ll make sure you’re free from pain before you leave your first appointment.
Meet the Fit Dental Team
Still want to learn more about root canals? Schedule an appointment with the knowledgeable dentist and team at Fit Dental. We’ll examine your smile, get you out of pain, and renew your oral health. Thanks for reading our dentistry blog, and we hope you’ll come back every month to find out more about dental care in our Yuba City office. Don’t hesitate to contact our team anytime with questions. We’re always here to help!