You could probably make a strong argument claiming that root canal therapy, which is often referred to as endodontic therapy, is the most dreaded dental procedure there is. Sadly, even mentioning root canal therapy can make most people extremely uncomfortable.
However, there are a few things you should probably know about this important procedure. You see, thanks to modern techniques, root canal therapy is virtually painless. In fact, many patients who have had root canal therapy and have had a cavity filled say the two are very comparable in terms of discomfort.
Unlike the rest of your body, your teeth can’t heal themselves over time. Your teeth don’t have blood flowing to them, which prevents them from being able to healing. In other words, if your teeth are damaged, you’ll often need professional health to address the issue. This is also the case if the center of your tooth is damaged or decayed. You could need root canal therapy if you fall, have tooth decay, or experience another type of trauma.
You may be able to recognize a few of the symptoms of a damaged root canal. These include experiencing pain when you bite down, having red or swollen gum around a tooth, or experiencing sudden sensitivity to hot and cold. Still, the only way to definitively know that you need root canal therapy is to visit a dental professional. This is another reason we recommend visiting our team at least every six months.
If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with us, or in learning more about root canal therapy, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Family Dental Care. We’ll be happy to examine the health of your mouth and offer you any advice you need. We look forward to hearing from you soon!