May 3, 2016

Root canal procedures have gotten a bad reputation over the years. Many misconceptions still exist, so here are some of the basics to familiarize yourself with the concept. Your general dentist will be able to provide you with a more in-depth understanding should you require the procedure.

What Is a Root Canal?

 A root canal is a treatment that removes infected pulp that exists within a tooth. This infection can develop for a number of reasons, including constantly grinding your teeth, developing an excessively large cavity and experiencing substantial trauma to the face. If it is not dealt with promptly, the tooth could fall out or the jawbone will begin to deteriorate.

How to Know If You Need the Treatment

 Many warning signs indicate the presence of infected tooth pulp. If you experience any of the following, see your dentist right away.

  • Tooth is painful when you bite down
  • Tooth is overly sensitive to cold or hot temperatures
  • Tooth is so painful it prevents you from going to sleep
  • A pimple repeatedly pops up on your gum tissue
  • Tooth darkens and changes color

Will the Procedure Be Painful?

The real pain comes from delaying treatment. The above mentioned symptoms can be a real annoyance, and the only way to stop them is to see a general dentist. The procedure will begin by applying a local anesthetic, so you will not feel anything while your teeth is being treated. Many patients have described the experience as being no more painful than getting a standard dental filling. Your comfort is a priority, so talk to your dentist if you have a history of experiencing dental anxiety so that the necessary actions can be taken.

Contact Us

Never live with tooth pain, and get a root canal in Waco, TX from Dr. Donna Miller as soon as possible. You can reach us at 254-870-9026, and before you know it, your dental health will feel as good as new.



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