When a tooth has become severely infected or decayed, then our dentist will recommend undergoing root canal therapy to save the tooth instead of extracting it out. This treatment is actually painless, and of course, we utilize sedation dentistry. This whole process might take one or two appointments to be completed.
What are the symptoms of root canal infection?
Unbearable persisting tooth pain: This is one of the main signs that show that you might require a root canal treatment. The pain you experience may be due to gum disease, deep decay, damaged filling, or infected impacted tooth. If the pain is due to some other reason, then the dentist will diagnose and identify it and provide the right dental treatment accordingly.
Feeling tooth sensitivity to heat and cold: If consuming warm or cold foods or drinks gives you a dull ache or a sharp pain in your tooth, then it is called sensitivity.
Discolored Tooth: An infection in the tooth pulp might result in tooth discoloration.
Swollen gums: If you have swelling in the gums near the painful tooth, then it could be a sign that you need a root canal.
A chipped or cracked tooth: If you got a chipped or cracked tooth, then it will create a pathway for bacteria to settle in and cause inflammation or infection.
Loose Tooth: The infected tooth may start feeling loose, which shows that it might require a root canal to restore its health.
What is the process involved?
With advanced technology, we can ensure that you will feel definitely comfortable throughout the process. If the dental trauma you experienced is too severe, then the procedure might take longer than usual. Usually, in root canal therapy, our dentist will first administer anesthesia and remove the inflamed or infected pulp using certain dental instruments. We will also clean and disinfect the area and, at last, restore the tooth with a crown or filling to protect it from any damage in the future.
What are the benefits of root canals?
The benefits include as follows:
- Regain the health of your natural smile
- Painless procedure
- Can start eating favorite foods again (we recommend consuming healthy food which can also preserve the health of your teeth)
- Surrounding teeth will be unaffected
Schedule an online appointment or call us at 208-664-9129 to have a consultation with Dr. Larson, and we'll be able to guide you further.