March 2, 2016
When it comes to dental treatments, root canals win hands down for having the worst reputation. Just the title alone is enough to strike fear into the hearts of even the most brave. We’re here to tell you however, that the root canal’s reputation is unwarranted and it actually should be thought of as the dental treatment that saved your tooth! The team at Lifetime Dental Health is here to tell you all you need to know about having a root canal in Windham, ME.
What is a Root Canal?
Decay, trauma, or infection of the pulp of your root can cause your root to die, and results in severe pain. Root canal therapy is the treatment in which your dentist enters your tooth through a small hole and removes the decay and infection from your root. Not only does this treatment save your natural tooth, it immediately relieves your pain. In fact it’s the pain caused by the infection that gives root canals their bad reputation. Most patients state that the treatment itself was pain free.
After your root canal, your dentist may seal you tooth with a temporary filling to protect your tooth from bacteria and give it time to heal. Once your tooth is healed, it will need a permanent restoration in order to strengthen it once again. A filling may be sufficient, however a crown is typically the best option to restore form and function after root canal therapy.
How Do I Know I Need a Root Canal?
Not all tooth pain is an indicator of the need for root canal therapy. Here are a few of the telltale signs that it may be necessary.
- Lingering sensitivity to hot and cold
- Pain when biting or chewing
- Swelling of the gum tissue surrounding the tooth
If you’re experiencing dental pain, contact your dentist right away so they can quickly diagnose your problem and get you feeling comfortable again. Leaving your tooth untreated could result in further infection, and irreparable damage leading to the loss of your tooth.
At Lifetime Dental Health, our Dr. Robert Green and Dr. Robert McVety are experts at guiding patients through root canal therapy. WE pride ourselves on using the latest dental technologies so treatment is comfortable and efficient for patients. We make every effort to accommodate our emergency patients as quickly as we can, so if you’re experiencing dental pain, please don’t hesitate to call us. The quicker we diagnose your problem, the better!
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