Why Root Canals are Nothing to Fear
For most patients now, there’s no more pain in root canal therapy than for many other dental treatments, such as scaling or fillings, and since root canals can save teeth that might otherwise be lost, it’s often an important technique for preserving your oral health.
The PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry providers are root canal experts, and they can help you get past any fears, concerns, or nervous feelings. The first step in easing your fear is understanding the process behind root canals and the reasons for it.
What is a root canal?
The pulp lies beneath enamel and dentin and is essential as your tooth is developing, but less essential once the tooth is mature. Your adult teeth can survive and function just fine without the pulp.
Signs of infection
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Sensitivity to hot or cold food or drink
- Pain while biting and chewing
- Swollen or tender gums
- Deep tooth decay
- Discoloration of the gums
- Abcess at the base of a tooth
Sometimes, there are no clear symptoms of infection, but a compromised tooth shows up on a dental X-ray. Underscoring the importance of regular dental visits, problems found this way could mean that you’ll sidestep a painful issue with preemptive root canal treatment.
What to expect during a root canal
The access hole is filled in much the same way as any cavity. Depending on the condition of the tooth, your dentist may recommend placing a crown on top to add strength to the tooth. With good care, a tooth with a root canal can last a lifetime.
Conquering your fear
There’s no perfect substitute for losing a natural tooth, but root canals often mean the difference between saving a tooth and extraction. Find out more about this procedure by calling PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry at 703-994-4616, or by scheduling an appointment online. The practice offers same-day emergency dental care whenever possible.