Root canal therapy is a common endodontic procedure used to treat the inside of the tooth. In order to understand root canal therapy, it is important to know that there is a soft tissue called the pulp that lies within the tooth. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues.
When the pulp becomes damaged for any reason, it must be removed before it negatively affects the rest of your smile and your overall health. While the pulp is important during the tooth’s growth and development, it is not necessary once the tooth is fully mature.
Why would I Need a Root Canal?
Patients with an infected or inflamed pulp need root canal therapy. This inflammation or infection can be caused by deep decay or cracks in the tooth. If a damaged pulp is left untreated, it can cause pain or an abscess.
What are the Signs of Damage?
Signs of pulp damage include:
- Increased sensitivity
- Tenderness to chewing and touch
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
- Swelling of the gums around the tooth
- Drainage and tenderness in the lymph nodes
While most patients notice some discomfort, other patients do not experience any symptoms.
During treatment, Dr. Adams will remove the damaged pulp. He will clean and shape the inside of the root canals, then fill the space with a hygienic material. Later, you will return to the office so we can place a natural-looking crown that will strengthen and protect the tooth.
Will a Root Canal be Painful?
With modern technology and a gentle approach, rest assured that your root canal should be no more painful than any other dental procedure. Dr. Adams also offers sedation dentistry for patients who feel nervous about their procedure.
When you take advantage of patient amenities, advanced dental technology, and safe sedation, your procedure will be pain-free. During the recovery process, we will be by your side to ensure your comfort and wellness.
Stay on top of your oral health, and don’t let a damaged pulp get out of hand. To schedule your appointment, call us at Cascadia Family Dental today.