Many people think that root canals are something to fear. However, that is a common misconception. At Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry, we perform gentle root canal therapy that relieves discomfort and pain caused by a severe tooth infection. With technological advancements in the field of dentistry, root canal therapy is more comfortable and stress-free than ever before!
When Is a Root Canal Necessary?
When a tooth is severely damaged or infected, a root canal treatment can alleviate the pain by removing the pulp inside the tooth. Common signs that indicate a possible need for a root canal are:
- Appearance of an abscess on gums
- Sharp tooth pain from chewing or biting down
- Swollen, tender gums
- Throbbing, persistent tooth pain
- Tooth discoloration
The Root Canal Procedure
Before your root canal begins, we’ll clean and numb the area. If needed, we can also administer one of our relaxing sedation options for patients with dental anxiety or fear. Then, we will drill a small hole in your tooth to access the pulp. We’ll gently remove the damaged pulp through the hole and thoroughly clean the inside of your tooth. Once clean, we will seal the tooth to protect it from bacteria. When your procedure is complete, we may place a dental crown over your tooth for additional protection.
What to Expect After Root Canal
You will experience instant pain relief after your root canal. However, your tooth may be a little sensitive for a couple of days after your procedure. This temporary discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications. After your treatment, you can continue your oral health routine as usual including brushing and flossing your teeth.