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Endodontics

If you are like most people, just the mention of the words “root canal” are enough to make you cringe. If you are like most people, you don’t realize that root canals are no worse than getting a routine filling.

Endodontic treatment—which is the official term for treating the pulp (root canal tissue) and the tissues that surround the tooth—has come a long way in recent years even though it continues to get a bad rap from people who just don’t know any better.

At Orange Grove Family Dentistry, we want to reassure our patients that the pain the brings you in for a root canal will be much worse than the actual root canal treatment. Getting a root canal is much cheaper and less time-consuming in the long run than having a tooth extracted and replaced with a bridge, denture, or implant.

Call Dr. Kyle Nishimura if you have toothache pain that isn’t getting any better. You don’t need to be anxious about endodontic treatment! Modern dental techniques have made root canals much more comfortable than they were in years past. Most of our patients report feeling very minimal pain, if any at all.

Why Might I Need a Root Canal?

When the nerve or pulp a tooth has become infected or inflamed, chances are you will need a root canal. The infection is usually caused by decay in the tooth, or because a tooth has been injured or is cracked or broken. If you develop a toothache that worsens over time, you probably have an infection.

Symptoms you may experience when needing a root canal:

  • Lingering pain, more than 10 seconds, after eating hot or cold food
  • Constant pain and pressure
  • Spontaneous pain and pain that wakes you up at night
  • Swelling on the gum, “gum bump”
  • Sensitivity to biting or touch
  • Pain that feels like a pulsing heartbeat

There are cases which have no symptoms initially but eventually an abscess will form (pimple like bump on your gums) and an emergency root canal will have to be done. If the infection is severe, we may need to place a drain around the gums to allow the infection to drain out. X-rays help us detect infection.

What Exactly Is Root Canal Treatment?

When you have a toothache, it’s likely that bacteria worked itself into the pulp of the tooth. The causes of this can be because of a tooth fracture or because of decay or gum disease. The diseased pulp needs to be removed so the infection cannot spread.

Years ago, this type of infection in the tooth meant it would have to be extracted. Today’s root canal therapy will more than likely save your tooth.

After the root canal, your dentist will place a permanent dental crown on top of the damaged tooth. This will protect the now-pulpless tooth from becoming brittle, so you will have normal function again. Practice good oral hygiene at home and stay current with dental checkups, and you can expect your repaired tooth to last a lifetime.

What Happens after Root Canal Treatment?

You might experience a bit of discomfort after a root canal and after the crown has been placed, but additional complications are rare. If you experience anything out of the ordinary, be sure to call our office right away.

Find Out More about Endodontics

If you are in pain and suspect you might be in need of a root canal, remember that with today’s dental technologies, the procedure is no more uncomfortable than your garden-variety filling.

Don’t let unfounded fear keep you from calling our office today and getting the relief you need! We are happy to explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you might have.

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