When harmful bacteria finds its way inside a tooth, it can cause an infection in the tooth, which requires a root canal treatment. If you know for a fact or have reason to believe that you need root canal therapy, we recommend scheduling an appointment with our team as soon as possible. Tooth infections may not cause any noticeable problems for a patient, but other times they can cause serious pain and other symptoms and lead to further complications. Our office would be happy to work with you to find a convenient time for you to come in and have your tooth taken care of.
Root canals involve creating a small hole in the top of the patient’s tooth so our team can access the inside of the tooth. Then, the infected tooth pulp is cleared out, and the tooth is cleaned and sealed. A tooth that undergoes a root canal almost always needs a dental restoration like a dental crown placed over it to protect and strengthen it and to help prevent future infections from occurring. We’ll place a temporary crown after your root canal treatment and schedule a follow-up appointment to place the permanent crown.
The only way to know for sure what treatment you need is by scheduling an appointment with an experienced dentist to have your specific situation assessed. However, there are some symptoms that can indicate that an infection is present inside the tooth, including:
Root canals have a reputation for being very painful dental services. The truth is, root canals used to be very painful, but thanks to modern medicine and technology, that is no longer the case. Each treatment begins with a local anesthetic being administered into the gums near the tooth that is receiving the root canal treatment, which makes the rest of the appointment completely painless. We recommend having ice packs and pain medication on hand for after your appointment in case you experience any discomfort or pain a few hours later.