As people age, the idea of having a root canal procedure becomes less and less uncommon. In fact, it becomes something that many adults are familiar with; but that doesn't mean the procedure should be feared.
When a tooth is severely decayed and the pulp of the tooth becomes infected, root canal therapy can save the tooth and prevent further complications. And thanks to local anesthetics at the nerve level, root canal treatment is quite comfortable for patients.
My mouth hurts – do I need a root canal?
Dental complications are one of the most common health problems among adults in the United States. Despite the health-oriented culture of Colorado Springs, root canals are a pressing need for thousands of people throughout the Front Range.
At Dublin Dental Center, we believe the number of Colorado Springs root canal procedures can be dramatically reduced if our local community was more aware of the risks of ignoring oral pain. Today, let’s take a look at the real reason root canals are necessary for keeping a healthy mouth - and the symptoms that suggest it’s time to visit a dentist.
A toothache is never fun, but unfortunately, if you wait too long to have your tooth looked at, it sometimes means that a root canal procedure is needed. When there is gum tenderness and swelling or continuous pain in the mouth, there’s a chance that the tooth is infected. A root canal is needed when a large cavity or some type of injury damages & infects the tooth’s root. In order to ensure that decay does not progress further, the infected root is completely removed before the crown is applied.
During the procedure the dentist numbs the tooth, opens the tooth to the pulp chamber, cleans the infection out of the canals, reshapes the canal and fills it and then places a temporary crown on the tooth before placing a permanent crown at a later date.
Once the procedure is finished, there are precautions the patient must take to avoid further infection or damage to the mouth, as well as to minimize postoperative pain. The actual root canal is just the first step in getting the tooth back to fully functioning. Taking care of the tooth once the root canal is finished is the most important way to ensure there won’t be future issues.
As you get older, it’s not uncommon to undergo at least one root canal procedure. Somehow, just the phrase “root canal” has become synonymous with pain, but in reality this is rarely the case. Your Colorado Springs dentist is able to numb the area surrounding the affected tooth and keep you quite comfortable during the procedure. In fact, most patients would agree that any pain they experienced was how their tooth felt before the procedure. This is because the pulp of the tooth was severely decayed or infected, and the root canal procedure fixes that.
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many customers come for miles to see Dr. Pool.