Do you need to get a root canal treatment? It’s a straightforward procedure that is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent further infections of the tooth, and, most importantly, save your natural tooth. Well over 15 million root canals are performed every year in the USA, making this simple treatment one of the most common dental procedures performed.

How does it work?

A root canal is a relatively quick, comfortable procedure that will relieve you of tooth pain and keep your teeth healthier in the long run. If your dentist has prescribed a root canal treatment for your damaged or diseased tooth, there is no need to worry, as millions of teeth are treated and saved this way every year.

On the inside of your tooth, at the very center is a soft tissue called pulp. This tissue is made up of blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue which helps to grow the surrounding tooth. Occasionally, the pulp can become infected from decay, trauma to the tooth or repeated dental procedures. When this happens, patients usually experience symptoms including swelling in the gums, pain in the tooth or gums, and sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures.

In this case, your dentist will recommend a root canal. During a root canal, the damaged pulp is removed, and the root canal system is cleaned and sealed. It’s a painless and extremely effective treatment, after which you’ll be biting and chewing with ease in no time.

Does a root canal hurt?

In general, root canals aren’t painful, and are comparable to other regular dental treatments like fillings or getting wisdom teeth removed. Patients are given local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort, so patients might feel a bit sore or numb after the procedure.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

It’s hard to know if you need a root canal without seeing a dentist first. They are generally needed for damaged teeth from injury or genetics, deep cavities, or issues from previous fillings. If you notice that your teeth are sensitive, particularly to hot or cold temperatures, you should visit your dentist for a check-up.

Common symptoms that could mean you need a root canal include pain when chewing or biting, chips or cracks in the teeth, temperature sensitivity, swollen or tender gums, decay or darkening of the gums.

At Litchfield Dental Associates, we put the well-being of our patients first. We have performed hundreds of root canals and are ready to treat your dental problems with expertise, kindness and care. If you suspect you have dental problems, contact us to make an appointment today for an exam and consultation.