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Root canal therapy is not as intimidating as it sounds. While many patients associate root canals with pain, the pain is actually from the condition, not the treatment.
When Root Canal Therapy Is Necessary
Even though we work very diligently to help you maintain your dental health, sometimes a root canal is necessary. Root canals are often a final effort to save your tooth in the event of trauma or infection.
This type of therapy leaves the tooth structure intact, while removing any infected or damaged material from your tooth. The result is usually reduced pain, swelling, and sensitivity.
Typically, the first symptom of needing a root canal is pain or sensitivity. You may also experience swelling in the area around the affected tooth or general facial swelling. Other indications include throbbing or a small pimple-like eruption on your gums.
Root Canal Therapy
Often an x-ray can help us to determine if your tooth needs a root canal. Our patients sometimes make an exam appointment because of pain, and we use digital x-rays to diagnose your condition.
If you need a root canal, we will make sure you are completely numb and totally comfortable for your procedure. Then we will begin by making a small hole in your tooth in order to gain access to the root canal. We will very carefully sterilize the inside of your tooth and remove any infection. We may decide to place special medication inside your tooth to keep it healthy. When we are finished, we will seal your tooth to keep out bacteria.
Once you have a root canal, we may recommend a crown for your root canal tooth. Once your tooth has a root canal, it can become brittle and may shatter or break. A crown protects your tooth from harm.
Healing After a Root Canal
Once your root canal procedure is complete, your body’s immune system will take over and you should feel improvement within a few days. You could experience sensitivity for a short time, but that should go away.
We go through all of this trouble to save your tooth because losing a tooth creates other dental complications. Saving your natural tooth is the preferable way to go, if possible. When you visit Towncare Dental of Boca Raton, we will treat you with exceptional care and consideration and always offer you the treatment we would want for our own families’ health.
Call Us Now to Schedule
If you suspect you may need a root canal, call us right away. Early treatment increases our chances of saving your tooth. The best way to find out how we can relieve your pain is to call our Boca Raton dental office at (561) 430-2078 to schedule an evaluation.