Ah, the dreaded phrase “root canal!” Even though society jokes about the discomfort of getting a root canal, you should not experience discomfort during the procedure. A lot of patients have tooth pain prior to the procedure and occasionally after. Our promise is to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure if you need a root canal.
What exactly is a root canal? On the inside of a tooth, and into the roots, are nerves and blood vessels. The living tissue in your tooth (pulp) can become inflamed and/or die if the tooth has a deep cavity, crack or trauma. Sometimes a necrotic (dead) tooth can cause swelling and pus drainage. When this happens, an extraction or a root canal may be recommended.
During the root canal, the dentist will numb your tooth and go into the spaces inside your tooth to clean out the dead or inflamed tissue, disinfect the spaces, and then fill them. Think of a root canal as a filling that goes inside your tooth. Occasionally a patient will need a referral to a root canal specialist if their tooth anatomy is very complex, but most root canals can be completed at Relaxation Dentistry, including complicated root canals or root canal retreatments.
Some signs you may need a root canal include the following: temperature sensitivity that gets worse over time, pain to biting, spontaneous pain that keeps you up at night, a “pimple” on your gums, or swelling around the tooth or in your cheek.
Do you have a toothache you’ve been ignoring? If you need an emergency dentist, you’ll be in good hands at Relaxation Dentistry!