A Root Canal Procedure Will Put You on the Fast Track to Relief
Often, intense tooth pain can be alleviated with a root canal procedure. If you have inflamed or infected soft tissue, this can cause severe discomfort. Root canals, performed by either a dentist or an endodontist, take away the inflamed tissue so it no longer causes you pain.
While the words “root canal” don’t tend to generate positive reactions, most patients find that the procedure doesn’t live up to its painful reputation. Since root canals alleviate pain, the notion that they cause it is simply untrue.
Is a Root Canal Right for Me?
Your dentist or endodontist will be able to determine whether a root canal is the best choice for you. However, you can be on the lookout for the following signs and symptoms that may indicate that the procedure is a good fit:
- Swollen or tender gums.
- Lingering pain and sensitivity to hot and cold.
- Discoloration of your tooth.
- A small, pimple-like bump on the gums near the area of the affected tooth.
- Pain when pressure is applied to the tooth, like while eating.
The Root Canal Procedure
Root canal procedures are routine, safe, and non-invasive. They are most often performed by an endodontist or a dentist.
The process follows these basic steps:
- X-Rays are taken so your dentist can take a close look to determine the scope of the procedure and depth of infection.
- A local anesthetic will be used to numb the area.
- Your dentist will make an access hole in the top of your tooth.
- Through this access hole, the dentist removes all the affected pulp, or nerve, from your tooth.
- Your tooth is sealed. In certain instances, this is done on the same day. Sometimes, however, the tooth is left open to drain for a few days.
Meet With Our Windsor Endodontist
If you are having tooth pain, then you shouldn’t ignore it! A simple procedure can get you one step close to relief. To get started with our services, schedule an appointment online or give us a call at (970) 686-1186.