Root Canal Treatment
At the office of Michael Smith, DMD, we know that the idea of getting a root canal causes stress for many people. Even if you have never had the procedure, you might dread the idea because you expect it to be uncomfortable.
There is really nothing to fear about root canal therapy. It is a tooth-saving procedure that our dentists perform to treat the infection inside your tooth. By removing the infected material from deep inside the tooth, we also eliminate any pain you are experiencing.
Why We Need to Perform a Root Canal
Each of your teeth contains a chamber that carries nerves, blood vessels, and the tissue called pulp that keeps the tooth alive. An infection can enter this part of the tooth because of a crack in the tooth, deep decay, or dental trauma, and the most noticeable symptom is an intense, throbbing toothache.
Our only option for relieving your pain and saving the tooth is to perform a root canal to remove the infected material. That is when we would recommend root canal treatment at our Belleville dental office as a treatment option.
Signs That You Might Need a Root Canal
The only way to know you have an infected tooth is an examination with Dr. Smith, Dr. Fazili, or Dr. Ridenhour. But several noticeable symptoms are common with a root canal infection, and you should watch out for them between dental visits.
- Pain while chewing or biting down on the tooth
- Intense sensitivity to extreme temperatures
- Jaw pain or swelling
- Tender, inflamed, or swollen gums
- A raised bump or “pimple” on your gum
- Discoloration of the tooth
It is important to remember, however, that you can have a root infection with no noticeable symptoms. This fact is why we stress the importance of routine dental exams and cleanings that allow us to detect an infected tooth before you experience any uncomfortable symptoms.
The Root Canal Procedure
Contrary to what many people believe, root canal therapy is not a long and complicated procedure. It is a necessary treatment that eliminates the pain caused by an infection and preserves a tooth that we might otherwise need to extract. The truth is that in most cases, getting a root canal is similar to getting a tooth filled and can help minimize the need for tooth extraction.
When Dr. Smith, Dr. Fazili, or Dr. Ridenhour perform a root canal for our Belleville patients, we carefully remove the infected pulp from inside the tooth, then clean and disinfect the area. You won’t feel any pain because we make sure that your tooth is numb before we begin.
We ensure that the last remnants of the infection are removed and then fill and seal the tooth. In many cases, we will recommend a custom dental crown to protect and strengthen the treated tooth.
Call and Speak to Our Team Now
If you notice any of the above symptoms, please don’t put off calling us. An infection anywhere in your body should not be ignored, and an untreated root canal infection can be deadly.
Call us at (618) 235-5141, and we will see you as soon as possible to relieve your pain and save the tooth.