Drawing of a tooth undergoing root canal therapy

Should I Be Afraid of a Root Canal?

April 30, 2022 8:17 am

Cavities and mouth trauma can cause damage deep within your tooth. This can lead to infection and immense tooth pain. An untreated tooth infection can spread to your jawbone and bloodstream, resulting in tooth loss and other serious systemic complications.

Root canal therapy helps salvage the healthy tissue of your tooth and prevents the spread of infection. The procedure involves removing the compromised oral tissue, cleaning the inside of the tooth, sealing it up, and then reinforcing it.

Possible Signs of Infection

These situations are often associated with the need for restorative treatment, such as root canal therapy:

  • Severe toothache, especially when you bite down
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Gray discoloration
  • Swollen and bleeding gums
  • Bad taste in mouth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Cracked or chipped tooth
  • Wiggly sensation around the tooth

What Happens During a Root Canal?

We will perform a clinical examination and take X-rays of your tooth to carefully assess the condition of your tooth and determine the extent of the infection. Before the procedure, we will numb the area around your tooth so you won’t feel anything except mild pressure. You can also opt for additional medication in the form of dental sedation to further put you at ease.

Next, we will prepare your tooth by drying it. Next, a small hole will be made in your tooth so we can access the infected tissue, drain and clean it out, and replace it with a special biocompatible substance called gutta percha. Your tooth will be sealed with a filling or crown.

Root Canal Recovery

You will likely feel some discomfort and sensitivity for a few days following your treatment. Rest, take over-the-counter pain relievers, eat soft foods, and brush gently.

Maintain good oral health habits to prevent the need for future root canal treatments! Brush and floss every day, visit us for routine cleanings and checkups, consume a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, avoid tobacco products, wear a nightguard if you grind your teeth, and wear an athletic mouthguard when you play sports.

Affordable Root Canal Therapy in Nevada, MO

Experiencing tooth pain? We can help you find the relief you deserve with our affordable dental services! Contact us today to schedule an appointment at Advanced Dentistry of Nevada.

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