Root Canals--Not as Scary as They Sound!
If any procedure gets a bad reputation around the dental office, it’s root canals. One of the reasons for that is that the symptoms leading up to a root canal procedure can be quite painful and severe. Root canals are necessary when an infection exists inside your tooth, so you can imagine that having an infection that close to your nerve could be very uncomfortable!
This is where the bad reputation comes in. When patients come to us with an infected tooth, they are often already in pain. In fact, sometimes patients wait until the pain reaches a level where they cannot handle it at all anymore. Sometimes, by the time we treat you for your root canal, you may have been suffering for some time.
Don’t wait! If you start to get symptoms of an infected tooth, call us right away so we can help you avoid serious discomfort. Some common symptoms are:
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Pain when chewing
- Swelling of your gums
- Swelling of your face or jaw
- A pimple-like bump on your gums
- Darkness of your tooth
We can diagnose a root canal by taking x-rays or doing a pulp test on your tooth. Once you get to our office, we can perform an exam and determine if a root canal is right for you. If you do need treatment, we will always make sure that you are comfortable for your treatment.
In most cases, having a root canal actually relieves your pain and symptoms. Many of our patients report feeling so much better once their root canal is complete. In some cases, a little sensitivity may linger for a few days. However, you should feel gradual improvement.
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