What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a dental procedure that’s performed when a tooth’s dental pulp becomes damaged or its nerve becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, a root canal dentist removes the nerve and pulp, enabling the inside of your tooth to be cleaned and sealed – eliminating the tooth infection and root canal pain altogether.
Are Root Canals Painful?
Contrary to popular belief, root canals are not painful. In fact, most people report that having a root canal is no more painful than simply getting a tooth filled. What’s more, the pain and discomfort from living with an infected tooth is typically far greater than the root canal procedure itself, which effectively removes the problem once and for all.
Root Canal Symptoms
It’s not always easy to know if you need a root canal procedure and sometimes no symptoms are present. However, some common signs that you may need a root canal include:
- Severe toothache pain when chewing or applying pressure
- Prolonged sensitivity or pain to hot or cold temperatures (after the heat or cold has been removed)
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in nearby gums
- Recurring or persistent pimple on the gums
If you notice any of the root canal symptoms above, we strongly encourage you to make an appointment for a dental examination as soon as possible. Through X-rays and other specialized tests, the dental experts at Western Dental can identify and relieve your tooth pain.
Root Canal Procedure
Western Dental’s root canal procedure is very similar to having a cavity filled, although it may take a little longer. Before your treatment starts you’ll be given a numbing shot so you won’t feel any pain. When your root canal is over, you’ll likely just need to take a non-prescription pain reliever for a few days.
We usually require a series of appointments to complete your root canal treatment at Western Dental. While every patient’s situation is different, here is how the procedure typically works: At your first appointment, our root canal dentist will completely remove the diseased dental pulp tissue from you tooth. Your tooth will then be cleaned to eliminate the infectious bacteria. At your next appointment (once the tooth is entirely healed and free from bacteria), the dentist will completely fill and seal the canal, making the tooth like new again.
To determine if you need a root canal, please contact Western Dental to make an appointment.