There are quite a few different symptoms that can indicate that a root canal is in order. For instance, teeth that are sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, swollen gums, and tooth pain can all be symptoms of cracked or damaged teeth.
Infections can occur when teeth are cracked or when cavities become too deep. Once an infection works its way deep enough inside the tooth that it comes in contact with the nerves, it can lead to severe pain. In order to eliminate the pain and treat the tooth, a dentist must perform a root canal.
Despite the bad reputation that this procedure has, it actually isn't painful. As dental technology has advanced, the amount of time required for the procedure has dramatically reduced. In fact, most root canals can be completed in a single appointment.
Root canals are a viable alternative to tooth extraction in many cases, allowing the patient to keep their tooth. The process involves removing the nerves that have been infected inside the tooth. The tooth canal is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. When all of the infection has been removed, it is then sealed over again. To complete the procedure, a crown is made for the tooth to protect and strengthen it. In most cases this can be done within a day.
There is no need to be afraid of a root canal. Not only is the procedure itself pain free but it will help eliminate any dental pain or discomfort that you have been experiencing. More importantly, it will also help prevent additional damage to your teeth or the underlying bones.
If you are experiencing symptoms of a dental infection, you should contact Dr. Phillip Greer of Sweet Water Dentistry, your Fairhope, AL dentist right away. The sooner you get in for your appointment, the sooner the dentist can assess whether or not a root canal is required to relieve your pain.