When there’s an aching pain in your tooth, your first thought doesn’t have to be “will I need my tooth extracted?” Instead, you can call Transcendent Smiles and set up an appointment with Dr. Tran, who is trained to handle dental issues like dental discomfort. Not only could your tooth be saved through root canal therapy, but you just may be surprised by how easy the treatment is to complete. Give us a call and we’ll help dispel the common myths behind a treatment that’s performed millions of times every year!
Keep in mind that most patients note that a root canal feels no more uncomfortable than receiving a dental filling. This is thanks to the local anesthetic we provide prior to beginning your treatment. From there, we create a small access hole in the top portion of the tooth so we can reach the inner tissue at the center (or the pulp.) There, we clear away any diseased tissue, irrigate and shape the canal, then place a material called gutta percha, which replaces the removed tissue and prevents reinfection later. We then cover the tooth with a crown.
The most notable indicator that you need a root canal performed is severe dental discomfort. However, there are other signs and symptoms you should be aware of as well. For example, if you notice your tooth changing color (typically dark yellow, brown, gray, or black), it’s a sign your tooth is either dead or dying and needs urgent dental care. Additionally, oral infections usually trigger a high fever and severe sensitivity to hot and cold stimuli.