A Root Canal Will Ease the Pain
If you are suffering from discomfort in your mouth, this may be due to infected soft tissue. This issue is most often treated by a dentist or an endodontist with a procedure called a root canal. Endodontists are dentists who specialize in dealing with the pulp, or the nerves at the root of teeth.
At Appletree Dental, we know that most people get nervous when they hear the words “root canal,” but the fact is it’s a routine procedure that helps get rid of pain. Most patients report that they feel little to no pain during the procedure and that they feel better afterwards, since their pain is alleviated.
Do I Need a Root Canal?
In order to know for sure whether a root canal is in your future, you’ll need to consult a dentist or endodontist. However, some of the most common indicators are:
- Lingering pain
- Swelling or tenderness in gums
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- A small, pimple-like bump on the gums near the affected tooth
- Discoloration of a tooth
- Pain while eating or when pressure is applied to tooth
The Root Canal Procedure
In most cases, a regular dentist will perform your root canal procedure, but in more difficult cases, an endodontist will step in.
- Then, they will follow these steps:Your dentist will take X-rays, allowing them to assess the damage to the tooth and check for signs of infection in the bone surrounding the tooth.
- The dentist will numb the area using a local anesthetic.
- An access hole will be made at the top of your tooth.
- The pulp will be cleaned out through the access hold.
- Your dentist will either seal the tooth, or leave it open and allow it to drain for some time.
Schedule an Appointment with an Endodontist
At Appletree Dental, we have an on-staff endodontist who can handle even the toughest root canals. To get set up with a consultation, give us a call at 720-872-2892, or schedule an appointment online.