Root canal therapy saves inflamed or infected teeth, helping you avoid tooth loss. Although it's normal to feel a little apprehensive about the procedure, understanding exactly what will happen during your root canal may alleviate your concerns. Your Plantation, FL, dentist, Dr. Annette Middlehof, offers root canal therapy at Enchanting Dentistry.
Why do I need a root canal?
Your dentist may recommend a root canal if X-rays reveal an inflammation or infection in your tooth pulp. During root canal therapy, the pulp is removed and replaced with a rubber-based filling. The pulp, a soft mass of connective tissue, nerves and blood vessels, plays an important role in tooth development but isn't vital to the health of fully developed teeth. Your tooth will function normally despite the removal of the pulp.
A root canal may be needed due to decay or injuries. Untreated cavities can be the source of the problem, but bacteria may also enter your pulp through cracks or chips in teeth.
If you don't have a root canal, you will eventually lose your tooth and may develop a serious, painful infection called an abscess.
What symptoms will I experience if I need a root canal?
Many people think inflamed or infected teeth always cause severe pain. Although that's certainly true in many cases, pain may only be mild initially and may come and go. You may notice that the pain increases if you consume sugary, hot or cold foods and beverages or when you chew or press on your tooth. You may also notice an unpleasant taste in your mouth even after you brush or use mouthwash.
Severe pain, fever, swollen lymph nodes, and a pimple or spot of pus on the gum surrounding the tooth may be a sign that you have an abscess.
What happens during a root canal?
Your dentist numbs your mouth to ensure you feel no pain. Once you're numb, Dr. Middlehof will remove the pulp and use tiny instruments to clean and shape the interior of the tooth and the root canals that travel through your tooth. You'll receive a temporary filling and will return in a week or two for your permanent crown.
Protect your teeth with root canal therapy. Call your Plantation, FL, dentist, Dr. Annette Middlehof of Enchanting Dentistry at (954) 336-8478 to schedule an appointment.