Marion Root Canal Therapy
Sometimes tooth decay or damage requires more help than a simple filling can provide. Root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment, gets you out of pain and on with your life. The treatment is often the last option available before tooth extraction is necessary. Your dentist at Bruner Dental Center performs comfortable root canals in Marion. But what is a root canal, exactly? How does the procedure work? And will it hurt? Keep reading to learn what you need to know about the popular treatment for an aching, damaged, or decayed tooth.
When a Root Canal Is Necessary
Do you need a root canal? It is usually difficult to ignore the aching of a tooth that requires endodontic treatment -- but sometimes a severely damaged tooth presents no symptoms at all. Some of the most common indicators of a tooth requiring root canal treatment include…
- A throbbing, aching tooth
- A sharp pain upon biting down on the tooth
- Sensitivity to heat, cold, and sweets
- A pimple-like bump on the gum below the tooth
- A dark or discolored tooth
Don’t put off treatment for your decayed or damaged tooth. An infection in the tooth can quickly spread to other parts of the body, like the brain. Delaying endodontic treatment can put your health at a real risk.
Root Canals: Not as Bad as You Think
The root canal is one of the most dreaded procedures in dentistry. But the truth is, there is nothing to fear with modern root canals. Rather, it is the pain leading up to the root canal that causes real discomfort. Local anesthesia completely numbs the treatment area, and Bruner Dental Center offers options in sedation dentistry, too, to make your experience as comfortable as possible.
Endodontic treatment will be completed in one to two visits, depending on the severity of the infection.
- First, local anesthesia and sedation are administered as desired.
- Your dentist accesses the inside of the tooth through a small hole in the chewing surface or on the back side of the front teeth.
- The infected tissue is vacuumed out of the tooth.
- The root canals are measured and reshaped.
- A biocompatible material fills the interior of the tooth.
- A temporary or permanent filling is placed.
- The permanent crown is placed in a second appointment.
After Your Root Canal
Once you have had your root canal, you will experience the side effects common with any oral procedure. Swelling, bleeding, and discomfort should be minor and temporary. Plan to relax following your root canal treatment, and maintain a soft foods diet until discomfort allows you to resume eating normally. Your doctor will prescribe pain medication to reduce discomfort. If you notice that your symptoms have not improved or have worsened after several days, contact your dentist.
Schedule An Appointment
Your aching tooth won’t get better on its own, so don’t delay endodontic treatment. With an experienced team and the personalized approach you deserve, Bruner Dental Center is the best choice for root canal therapy. Schedule an appointment today!