When we diagnose our patients and recommend a root canal, we notice that their faces fill with dread. Root canals are one of the most feared and hated dental procedures, but they shouldn’t be! In fact, root canals allow us to save teeth that otherwise would require an extraction and that’s good news for you. Your natural teeth are still the best way to support the health and longevity of your smile and root canals can extend the life of your tooth by decades.
Many patients associate root canals with pain. The truth is that root canals are no more painful than any other dental procedure, but the symptoms of a root canal, including infection, can feel quite painful. You may experience pain with pressure, throbbing pain, extreme sensitivity, swelling, and facial pain. A root canal procedure, however, should help relieve those symptoms and allow you to get back on the road to good health.
Just like infections in other parts of your body, infections in your teeth can cause pain, discomfort, and an overall bad feeling. You may notice that the symptoms are worse when you lie down because of swelling. That is why it is important that you call us right away so that we can take care of you before you experience any sleepless nights.
Your root canal procedure will remove any signs of infection and allow your body to heal. You might feel a little sensitivity for a few days, but you should feel gradual improvement.
After your root canal, a restoration such as a filling of dental crown will protect your tooth and provide it with stability.
We understand that dental pain can be frightening, but we always do our best to keep our patients completely comfortable and your root canal procedure does not have to be as scary as it sounds.
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