Root Canal Therapy
Some say a toothache is among the worst types of pain a person can experience, and we understand that nothing ruins a great day quicker than tooth pain.
At Rowlett Smiles, we take dental pain and emergencies very seriously because seeing you quickly could mean the difference between saving and losing your tooth. If you’re experiencing tooth pain or a dental emergency, don’t ever hesitate to call us, as we will make every effort to see you as soon as possible.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
An injury or fracture to your tooth may cause your the soft interior of your tooth (the pulp) to become infected. Dr. Boren may recommend root canal therapy, in which we’ll remove the infected tissue and the damaged nerve through a small hole he creates in the top of your tooth. Once the infection is cleaned out, he’ll fill your tooth with a temporary filling and allow time for it to heal.
Removing the nerve relieves your pain. Without its nerve, however, your tooth is not as strong as it used to be. Dr. Boren will recommend either a permanent filling or a porcelain crown to restore strength and integrity to your tooth.
When Do I Need a Root Canal?
If you’re experiencing sensitivity to hot and cold food and beverages, this may be an early indicator of issues with your tooth. Your sensitivity may gradually worsen into a constant dull ache. It’s important to note that dental pain will not go away on its own.
If your tooth is abscessed, you may also need an antibiotic to fight the infection. Without treatment, your pain will become more severe and you’ll be at risk for infection to spread to other areas of your body.
Does a Root Canal Hurt?
There’s a lot of stigma associated with root canal therapy since patients tend to think it causes pain. The truth is, a root canal actually relieves your pain by removing the infection, which is the true cause of your pain.
Besides providing relief, root canal therapy also gives you the opportunity to save your tooth from extraction. Keeping your own natural teeth in place is almost always the most desirable option.
Dental anesthetics will help relieve your pain and ensure you don’t feel anything during your procedure. Modern dentistry has made many advances in how root canal therapy is performed, and Dr. Boren is experienced, caring, and highly skilled so you can rest assured that you’re in expert hands and your procedure will go smoothly.
If you’re experiencing dental pain, please contact us as soon as possible. Remember, the quicker we can get you diagnosed, the quicker we can get you treated, feeling comfortable, and back on the path to wellness.