Graphic showing the steps of root canal therapy.

Why You Shouldn’t Fear Root Canals

April 23, 2021 3:26 pm | Published by

It starts off as a severe toothache, often followed by extreme sensitivity and other unexpected symptoms. When you have an infected tooth root, you likely require root canal therapy! Root canals are known for being painful procedures, but they’re actually not that much different than getting a filling. Here’s what you need to know about this common procedure, and how we approach root canal therapy at Meadow Creek Family Dentistry.

Why Would I Need a Root Canal?

A root canal occurs when you have an infected tooth root, usually due to an untreated cavity or decay caused by poor oral hygiene or trauma. During a root canal, your dentist will remove the infected tissue deep in your tooth to help restore its function and health.

How Do I Know if I Need a Root Canal?

Common signs of root infection include:

  • Severe pain, especially when biting down

  • Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold

  • Discolored tooth

  • Swollen, painful, and/or bleeding gums

  • Bad breath

  • Bad taste in mouth

  • Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth

  • Wiggly sensation around tooth

  • Abscess near the gumline

Root Canal Therapy Procedure

First, your dentist will take x-rays of your tooth to determine the spread of infection or damage. They will then numb the area around your tooth so that you don’t feel any pain during the procedure. Meadow Creek Family Dentistry also offers nitrous oxide to patients experiencing dental anxiety.

Next, your dentist will dry the area around the tooth and drill into it to remove the infected tissue near the roots. They will replace the infected tissue with a substance called gutta percha and seal your tooth with a filling. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may receive a temporary crown or cap to keep the tooth safe. During your next visit, your dentist will remove the temporary cap and replace it with a permanent crown made from porcelain or ceramic, which are both sturdy and discreet materials made to look just like teeth.

Root Canal Treatment Aftercare

You might feel some pain or sensitivity for a few days after your treatment, and you need to be mindful of allowing the area to heal. Our team will provide you with aftercare instructions to follow in order to keep your tooth healthy and strong. You can use over-the-counter medications to help with the pain.

Once your tooth is completely healed, you can brush and floss around it as you normally would. You must brush and floss your teeth twice per day in order to prevent any further infection or decay. Be sure to also schedule twice-yearly dental cleanings and examinations to ensure your teeth are healthy!

Affordable Root Canal Treatment in Spartanburg & Inman

If you think you need a root canal, don’t wait. While root canals have a reputation for being painful, we can assure you that not receiving one is much more painful than anything you’ll experience during or after root canal therapy. Contact Meadow Creek Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment or click the contact link below. Before you stop by, be sure to review our financing and payment options. We look forward to seeing you!

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