They are virtually pain-free. Patients used to worry about root canals, and rightfully so. Once synonymous with serious pain, today’s root canal procedures are almost pain-free. Usually the pain associated with root canals is caused by waiting until the infection has become all too tolerable.
Root canals are needed when the dental infection, or tooth decay reaches the pulp chamber of the tooth. The infection destroys the nerves located within the root of the tooth, eventually causing the tooth to die. Years ago, the only option for this type of dental problem was a tooth extraction. Now, thanks to the progress in dental technology, often your infection can be stopped with a topical medicine applied to the tooth. And where this is not successful, the tooth can be saved with a root canal.
If you’re in need of root canal therapy, you may be having trouble eating or sleeping. A toothache or sensitivity to hot or cold is common for those with infected pulp, and you may even have swelling or tenderness in the gums.
The best course of action is not to self-diagnose and don’t procrastinate. Only a dentist can properly diagnose the pain and provide you with the appropriate treatment.
If you are experiencing symptoms of an infection in your teeth, don’t ignore them! Our goal is to save your tooth rather than extract it, and with good reason. Missing teeth can cause bite problems, shifting teeth and bone loss in the jaw. The vast majority of preventative treatment or root canal procedures are effective, and a successful procedure can help you keep that tooth for a long time.
If we can be of assistance or answer any of your questions, please give us a call or email us.
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC
290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328
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