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Dentistry is an exciting field, but sometimes all the options and different procedures can be confusing. At Galloway Smiles we love talking about teeth, and we always want you to feel like all your questions have been answered. It’s important to Dr. Halderman and his team that we give you all your options and that you fully understand any treatment we complete for you. If you don’t see your question listed below, just give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer it.
Root Canal Treatment
One of the most common indicators of the need for root canal therapy is a toothache that goes from bad to excruciating. This is usually a sign of an infected tooth, and a root canal will not only eliminate your pain, but it will also save your tooth. At our Galloway, OH practice, you are in good hands should you need a root canal. You should also know: The procedure itself is no worse than getting a filling given today’s modern dentistry.
Other Root Canal Symptoms
In addition to a toothache, you might have some of the following symptoms that indicate you might need a root canal:
- Tooth pain when you bit down
- Swelling or tenderness in the area near the affected tooth; swelling can also spread to other areas of the face or neck
- A white bump or pimple on the gums near the affected tooth
- Sensitivity to heat or cold
- Discoloration of the affected tooth
Don’t put off going to the dentist if you think you might need a root canal because a root canal will more than likely save your tooth, which is always the best option.
Give us a call today if you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms that you might need a root canal.
Root canals have gotten a bad rap over the years, with most people terrified to hear the mere words “root canal.” But this treatment repairs and saves a badly damaged or infected tooth. At our Galloway, OH practice, our doctors have performed many root canals. Patients who have undergone treatment will be the first to tell you that the procedure itself is not a painful one.
In many cases, a severe toothache brings patients into our office. If we determine that your tooth is infected, we will recommend a root canal procedure to relieve the pain and save the tooth. After completely numbing the area, our dentist will make a tiny hole in the affected tooth and remove the infected material and tooth pulp. After rinsing the area with an antibiotic to keep the infection from spreading, the tooth will be filled and sealed.
After A Root Canal
We usually recommend a dental crown afterward since removing the living tissue from a tooth leaves it brittle and prone to damage. A dental crown will protect it, giving you back full function of the tooth.
After the procedure, your tooth might feel a bit sensitive for a couple of days, but the toothache pain that brought you into the office will be greatly alleviated. Call our office to learn more about root canal therapy.
The most common reason people need a root canal is because they have an infected tooth. This is usually caused by decay or a broken or cracked tooth. Often the toothache starts out mild but gets much worse, and the patient seeks dental treatment. This is often accompanied by sensitivity to hot or cold food or liquids as well as gum tenderness near the affected tooth.
Many people fear the root canal as a painful procedure. In reality, it is a tooth-saving treatment that will relieve your pain and save your tooth. Most people who have had a root canal compare it to getting a run-of-the-mill filling.
The Root Canal Procedure
When you get to the dentist, you’ll undergo an examination and likely an x-ray so the source of your tooth pain can be identified. It will also be determined whether the infected tooth can be saved with a root canal.
The procedure starts with anesthetizing the area so that your dentist can drill a tiny hole in the tooth and pull out the infected tooth pulp. You won’t feel anything while the area is saturated with an antibacterial rinse then filled to prevent the infection from recurring. In most cases, you’ll get a dental crown over the affected tooth to strengthen it and give you back full use of the tooth.
Whether you live in Grove City, Ohio or right here in Galloway and you want to learn more about root canals, we invite you to contact Galloway Smiles for more information.