Root canals involve removing infected tissue and cleaning and sealing the inside of a tooth to restore the patient’s smile and relieve any pain or other symptoms they may be experiencing. While root canals are never a favorite treatment among patients, they can be an incredibly important part of achieving and maintaining optimal oral health. To learn more about our endodontic services or schedule your next visit, please contact us!
What are the symptoms of a tooth infection?
There are a range of symptoms that can indicate that an infection is present in one or more teeth. However, it’s also possible for infections to occur with very few to no symptoms, which is why routine preventive care is critical for maintaining positive oral health. If you notice any of the following symptoms, please schedule a visit with our team at your earliest convenience:
- Unbearable tooth pain
- Sudden tooth sensitivity
- Change in tooth color
- Swollen or tender gums
- Loose tooth
Do I need a root canal, an apicoectomy, or another treatment?
It can be difficult or impossible for patients to determine the exact treatments that their smile needs, which is why visiting an experienced dentist or endodontist is crucial for diagnosing and treating advanced dental issues. Root canals can be used to treat many infections that occur inside teeth, while apicoectomies involve treating areas around the tooth as well. The most important thing to remember is that the sooner you can see your endodontist, the more likely it is that a less invasive treatment can be utilized.
Are root canals painful?
Root canals have had terrible reputations for centuries due to the fact that they used to be very difficult and painful procedures. Thanks to modern medicine and many advancements within the field of dentistry, root canal therapy is now a far more comfortable process. After your treatment, our team will provide you with post-op instructions to make your recovery process as easy as possible. We also utilize local anesthetic to make sure you are numb and don’t feel any pain during treatment and we offer dental sedation services to reduce any anxiety you may have to dental procedures. To learn more or schedule your next visit, please contact us!