A Root Canal Is No Reason To Panic
At Baldwinsville Gentle Dentistry, we will do everything we can to save our patients’ teeth. When there is no other option, we will suggest a root canal as the last resort to save your teeth. Many times when a patient hears they need a root canal, a certain sense of panic begins to set in. Root canals get a bad reputation. Thanks to movies, television shows, and popular culture, root canals are often depicted as extremely uncomfortable, which leaves patients terrified when this tooth-saving treatment is recommended. While a root canal is a more involved procedure, it really is no more difficult than a dental cleaning or filling.
What is a Root Canal?
A tooth is composed of various layers. When the innermost part of the tooth, or the pulp becomes infected, the decay needs to be removed before the compromised area becomes severe enough that the entire tooth needs to be extracted. A root canal is the process of removing infected nerve tissue from the inside of the tooth. Once the harmful material is removed, the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected, followed by the area being filled and sealed. With the use of a local anesthetic and state-of-the-art technology, many patients state that they feel nothing during the procedure.
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
One of the best ways to avoid a root canal is to be diligent with your hygiene examinations every six months. Unfortunately, not every patient remains up to date with their examinations. If you are between appointments and are experiencing any of these symptoms, we recommend that you visit our office as soon as possible for an evaluation:
- Extreme discomfort while eating and chewing
- Chipped or cracked tooth
- Persistent sensitivity to hot and cold
- Swollen and tender gums
- Deep decay
If you are experiencing any discomfort, notice swollen gums, have a chipped or cracked tooth, or start feeling extreme sensitivity to hot and cold, please contact our office located in Baldwinsville, NY as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. We want to help save your tooth!