The old saying goes “I would rather get a root canal” and this is accompanied by a visual of drilling and pain. According to the American Association of Endodontists root canals are the most feared of all dental procedures but this shouldn’t be the case. Contrary to popular belief, root canals are not excruciatingly painful. Root canals actually cause very little pain and discomfort and in reality they relieve the pain you are feeling from the infected tooth.
Root Canals – What are they?
Every tooth has tissue within it (pulp) that contains nerve fibers. These fibers run through the root of your tooth and these are called root canals. When some or all of this tissue dies as the result of a cavity this is when root canal therapy is needed. If left untreated, the pain will get worse until the tooth could possibly abscess and swell which is even more painful and the infection can spread. This can also destroy the bone around the tooth. Root canal therapy removes this dead tissue from the root of the tooth and fill the canals. The tooth is then rebuilt and usually topped with a crown.
Do you need a root canal?
You should always consult your dentist to determine what is happening inside your mouth. You may need a root canal if you have symptoms causing the nerve to be infected. Symptoms that the nerve has become infected may include:
sensitivity to hot/cold
sensitivity to sweets
a bad taste in the mouth
pain to biting or pressure
a small pimple-like bump on the gums near the area of pain
Sometimes none of these symptoms are present and you will be unaware of any problem until a routine checkup has been performed. Because of this it is vital to your oral health to make your sure you have dental appointments at least twice a year for routine hygiene. If you are suffering from any of the symptoms that might require a root canal, contact our office today to schedule an appointment at 561-257-0022.