You could probably make a strong argument claiming that root canal therapy, which is often referred to as endodontic therapy, is the most dreaded dental procedure there is. Sadly, even mentioning root canal therapy can make most people extremely uncomfortable.
However, there are a few things you should probably know about this important procedure. You see, thanks to modern techniques, root canal therapy is virtually painless. In fact, many patients who have had root canal therapy and have had a cavity filled say the two are very comparable in terms of discomfort.
Root canal therapy involves addressing damage or decay inside the center of your tooth. Unfortunately, if the center of your tooth is damaged, your tooth won’t be able to heal itself. Furthermore, because the center of your tooth is damaged, other treatments may not work. In other words, if you don’t have root canal therapy, your tooth could actually need to be extracted.
You may be able to recognize a few of the symptoms of a damaged root canal. These include experiencing pain when you bite down, having red or swollen gum around a tooth, or experiencing sudden sensitivity to hot and cold. Still, the only way to definitively know that you need root canal therapy is to visit a dental professional. This is another reason we recommend visiting our team at least every six months.
If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with us, or in learning more about root canal therapy, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Dr. Dennis Burrell and Associates, PC. We’ll be happy to examine the health of your mouth and offer you any advice you need. We look forward to hearing from you soon!