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Many people become overwhelmed, confused, and frightened when they know they have to restore their oral health with a root canal treatment, but our Dr Dennis Burrell and Associates, PC team believes that is only the case because they don’t know what to expect during their appointment. If you can be considered as one of these people, Dr. Dennis Burrell and our team are happy to give you the information you need by answering these frequently asked questions about root canal treatment:

What is root canal treatment?
Root canal therapy is a treatment needed when the nerve or pulp of your tooth is infected or decayed. During your visit, your dentist will remove the nerve and the pulp and will clean the tooth as well as seal it with a dental filling. If necessary, he will add further support to the tooth with a dental crown.

What are the signs that a root canal is needed?
There are many symptoms that mean that root canal treatment is needed, and those symptoms are:

-Tooth discoloration
-Prolonged sensitivity or pain to hot or cold temperatures
-Pain when applying pressure to the tooth
-Swelling by the nearby gums
-A persistent or recurring pimple on the nearby gums

How painful is a root canal?
Many people think root canal therapy is extremely painful, but that is not the case. Root canal therapy is no more painful than placing a dental filling and it is less painful than the pain you experienced before the treatment.

What can I expect after a root canal?
The tooth may feel a bit sensitive for a few days after treatment, but the discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medication. Most patients can return to their normal activities the next day.

Call 253-564-7645 today if you would like to know more about root canal treatment in University Place, Washington. The more you know about this treatment, the more comfortable you will feel in the dental chair. Your dentist and our dental team look forward to helping you!