If you are experiencing swelling, a toothache, or sensitivity to hot or cold beverages, it may be due to infection. The pulp or soft tissue within your teeth can become infected or damaged as a result of trauma or untreated decay. A root canal may be performed to save the tooth by removing the infection and restoring its structure with a crown. The root canal procedure can alleviate any pain or discomfort that you may be experiencing and restore your oral health.
Why is a Root Canal Required?
When a tooth is damaged from decay, trauma, or infection, the nerve tissue and pulp begin to break down. These are ideal conditions for bacteria to spread and multiply, which can lead to more serious infections, abscesses, and bone loss around the tooth. If left untreated, the tooth can become so damaged that it needs to be extracted. It is important to note that infection can also progress free of symptoms. During routine exams, screening methods like x-rays allow your doctor to check for signs of infection.
The Root Canal Procedure
A root canal procedure can often be performed to save your tooth. In the past, root canals had a reputation for being painful, but Dr. Benjamin uses advanced techniques to minimize any discomfort. In fact, some patients report a root canal is no more painful than receiving a filling. The procedure is performed with a local anesthetic to ensure that you will remain comfortable during treatment. For patients who are especially anxious, we also offer sedation.
Most patients return to their normal routines the day after their procedure, including regular eating and drinking, without any modifications to their daily habits..
Contact Our Practice
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, root canal therapy may save your tooth before any lasting damage is done. To learn whether or not a root canal is the best option for you, please contact our practice and schedule a consultation.