What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a dental procedure that’s performed when the nerve of a tooth becomes infected or the dental pulp becomes damaged. During a root canal, the experienced dentists at Brident remove the damaged nerve tissue and dental pulp that are causing the infection and clean and seal the tooth.
Are Root Canals Painful?
While many people think that having a root canal will be painful, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, most people report that having a root canal is no more painful than getting a tooth filled. And the root canal procedure is a much wiser plan than living with the ongoing pain and discomfort from the damaged tooth—because it eliminates the problem for good!
Root Canal Symptoms
Sometimes it’s hard to know if you need a root canal procedure, especially when no symptoms are present. However, some common signs that you may need a root canal include:
- Tenderness and swelling in nearby gums
- Sharp toothache pain when applying pressure or chewing
- Prolonged sensitivity and/or pain when exposed to cold or hot temperatures (even after removing the heat or cold)
- Tooth darkening or discoloration
- Recurring or persistent pimple on the gums
If you notice any of the root canal symptoms above, we urge you to make an appointment for a dental examination right away. Through digital X-rays and other specialized tests, the dental experts at Brident can find the source of your tooth pain and eliminate it altogether!
Root Canal Procedure
A root canal is very similar to having a cavity filled, although it may require a series of appointments to complete the procedure (you can discuss total procedure time with your dentist).
While your root canal procedure may slightly differ depending on your unique situation, this is what you can expect.
1. At your first appointment, a localized numbing shot will first be administered to eliminate any chance of pain.
2. The diseased dental pulp tissue will be completely removed.
3. Your tooth will then be cleaned to eliminate the infectious bacteria.
4. At a subsequent appointment, the canal will then be completely filled and sealed once it’s entirely healed and free of bacteria.
If there is any discomfort after your root canal procedure, you may want to take a non-prescription pain reliever for a few days.
To determine if you need a root canal, please contact Brident to make an appointment.