Everybody thinks that root canals are painful, but they’re really not. The pain that most people associate with a root canal is actually that of the infected or damaged tooth that necessitates the procedure in the first place. If your tooth is infected or damaged, All Care Dental in Dallas, Texas, can free you from your pain with a gentle and effective root canal. Don’t wait around in pain any longer. Schedule your visit today by calling the office or booking a visit online.
Root Canals Q & A
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a treatment to salvage an infected tooth by removing its pulp.
The pulp is the soft tissue inside your tooth. It’s composed of connective tissues, blood vessels, and nerve fibers. When your pulp gets infected or damaged, it swells, which pinches the nerves inside and causes a tremendous amount of pain.
Many movies, TV shows, and jokes have mistaken the pain of an infected tooth with the pain of a root canal procedure. In reality, a root canal is no more painful than a filling and actually alleviates you of your pain.
In the past, the only way to treat an infected tooth was to extract it, which has some negative side effects for your oral health. Root canals are an incredible procedure because they enable you to retain most of your natural tooth structure while eliminating the problematic tissue inside.
How do I know if I need a root canal?
If you have an infected or damaged tooth pulp, you need a root canal. Some of the more common symptoms of the damaged or infected pulp include:
- Darkening or discoloration in your tooth
- Increased sensitivity to hot and cold in your tooth
- Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
- Swelling or tenderness in your gums
- Pus or a pimple-like pocket around the root of your tooth
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule a visit with All Care Dental immediately. An infected tooth only gets worse, and if left untreated, can lead to more serious medical conditions, like tooth loss, infection of the surrounding teeth or jawbone, or sepsis.
What’s involved in a root canal procedure?
Your dentist first numbs your tooth and the surrounding tissues, and protects the rest of your mouth with a rubber dental dam. They drill a small access hole in the top of your tooth, then use a series of small files to scrape out the decayed tissue within.
Once your tooth is free of the damaged pulp, your dentist sterilizes it and fills it with a rubbery compound called gutta-percha, and occasionally inserts a small metal post inside to reinforce your tooth’s structural integrity.
Your dentist finishes the procedure by filling the access hole and fitting your tooth with a crown to restore its strength.
Don’t wait around for your tooth to get worse. Schedule a root canal consultation with All Care Dental immediately by calling the office or booking online.