Symptoms of intense pain, aching, swelling, or sensitivity to hot and cold could be a sign of a tooth infection. Luckily, if caught and treated early enough an infected tooth can be saved with endodontics (or a “root canal”) treatment.
How does root canal treatment work?
If your tooth is infected, it means that the bundle of nerves at the center of your tooth (the “pulp”) has been overrun with outside bacteria. During a root canal, a small hole is drilled into the tooth so that the infected pulp can be removed. The inside of the tooth is then cleaned of infection. After everything is cleaned, the tooth will be filled with a composite material to keep it strong.
Aren’t root canals painful?
Back in the old days, root canals were known to be painful procedures. However, with the use of modern dental technology and sedation techniques, this treatment can be made to be nearly pain free. Some discomfort is to be expected, but you can rest assured that it is not a scary procedure. We do everything we can to make sure that you feel comforted, relaxed, and informed throughout the entire process.
Pain or tooth sensitivity could be an early warning sign of a tooth infection. Give us a call to set up an appointment if you’re feeling these symptoms.