In the world of dentistry, root canals seem to have the worst reputation. While the root canal procedure is often thought to be painful, did you know that it’s actually an infection that’s causing your pain? Root canal therapy removes that infection and saves your tooth from further damage or extraction. Best of all, it also alleviates your pain.
If you feel sensitivity when eating hot, cold, or sweet foods or beverages, it’s an early indicator that you may have a crack, decay, or fracture in your tooth. Contact our office right away and you may be able to relieve the symptoms with a filling. If this condition progresses, it can lead to infection and severe pain, and that’s when our doctors may recommend root canal therapy. Accidents, trauma, or injury to your tooth may also necessitate the need for a root canal.
Modern dentistry has made great advances in the field of root canal therapy, and most patients are surprised at how simple the procedure is. You’ll be numbed with local anesthetic, so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. Numbing will even relieve the pain from your trauma or infection.
One of our doctors will remove the infected or injured nerve through a small hole placed in the top of your tooth. After your nerve is removed, the hole is sealed with a temporary filling and your tooth is allowed time to heal.
After root canal therapy, your tooth is not as strong as it once was, and Dr. Jackson or Dr. Lemon may recommend that your tooth is “rebuilt” and strengthened with a dental filling or crown. Root canal therapy is a great way to save your tooth from extraction and preserve your root and natural tooth structure.
If you’re experiencing symptoms such as sensitivity, pain, or tenderness when biting or chewing, or you have a constant toothache, please contact LJ Dentistry right away. It’s important to understand that these symptoms won’t go away on their own and are often an indicator of infection, which will only get worse and progress to other areas of the body. The quicker we can diagnose your condition, the quicker we can treat it and get you back on the path to wellness again.
At LJ Dentistry, we make every effort to see our emergency patients as soon as possible. We understand how severe dental pain can be, and the importance of timely and efficient treatment in these situations. Don’t wait for the pain to go away on its own, and don’t hesitate to call us right away if you’re experiencing dental pain.