Do I Need a Root Canal?
Some patients are not aware they need a root canal because they have no symptoms. Others experience pain or discomfort, leading them to seek treatment. We encourage you to contact our office if you are experiencing any symptoms of a decayed tooth or tooth infection, such as:
- Severe toothache
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- Abscess, or pimple, on the gums
- Swelling or tenderness
- General discomfort
What is a Root Canal?
If you have been told you need a root canal, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn how comfortable the procedure can be. The goal of treatment is to alleviate pain, not cause it! During a root canal procedure, the infected tooth is accessed and the diseased pulp (connective tissue within a tooth) is removed to promote a healthy environment.
Once the tooth has been thoroughly cleaned, the roots will be sealed with a permanent filling; this may be done during the same visit or at your next appointment, to allow the canal to heal first. Once the treatment is finished and the area has healed, a filling, and sometimes a dental crown, is added to protect the tooth structure and to preserve appearance and function.
Root Canal Myths
Some patients believe a root canal is painful, or that removing the tooth is more beneficial than seeking treatment, however these are myths and could prove more costly and painful in the end. Root canals have a high success rate and usually last a lifetime without requiring another procedure.
In addition, Drs. Kimowitz strive to make your visit as comfortable as possible so you can enjoy a healthier smile. Do not hesitate to call us today for your appointment!