Root Canal Treatment

There are perhaps few words in the English language that are feared as much as “root canal.”

Maybe you have heard about bad experiences your friends have had, or perhaps you yourself had a bad experience with the procedure in the past.

The truth is, root canals get a bad rap! They should actually be looked upon as a positive.

If you are suffering from tooth pain, chances are good that a root canal will actually be able to save your infected tooth. What this means is that an extraction won’t be necessary, and in the dental world, this is certainly good news.

It is also true that the pain from an infected tooth that brings you into the dentist is likely going to be far worse than what you will experience with a root canal. Thanks to the latest in dental technology, the majority of root canals are fairly quick and relatively painless.

Don’t hesitate out of fear if you think you might have an infected tooth and are worried about a root canal. Give us a call at our Richmond dental office right away.

How Are Root Canals Performed?

The root canal treatment is quite routine. Before treatment begins, your dentist will numb the affected area to ensure you are comfortable. After the numbing has taken effect, a small hole will be created in the infected tooth’s enamel. The infection will be cleaned out, and the area will be sterilized. The hole will be sealed afterward to make sure there is no reinfection of the area.

In almost all cases, the remaining tooth will be covered with a crown, which will strengthen it and prevent additional trauma. Because the nerve is removed from the tooth during the procedure, this means the remaining tooth structure can become brittle. A crown provides protection so you will have full, normal use of your tooth again.

Reasons You Might Need a Root Canal

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with an infection, you might be looking at root canal therapy: 

  • Pain around the affected tooth that does not get better
  • A feeling of pressure and sensitivity around the affected tooth
  • Swelling of the gum area around the affected tooth
  • Discoloration of the tooth

When you have an infected tooth, you will likely find that the pain is almost unbearable.

It’s important to know that the infection will not go away on its own. It might even grow worse and spread to other teeth, so it must be treated. If you don’t get the infected tooth treated, you might lose it.

In most situations, preserving a natural tooth is the best option. A root canal treatment is easier and costs much less than tooth extraction and replacement.

If there is one rule in dentistry, it is that dental pain is never normal.

If you are experiencing any tooth pain or unusual gum swelling, be sure to call Kittrell Family Dentistry. We’ll assess your condition and determine what treatment might be necessary.