There are a lot rumors and myths about root canal treatment. At Andrew Dine, DDS, your root canal will not hurt, and it may be the only way to save your damaged tooth from extraction. With our skills and advanced techniques like DentalVibe, you can have a painless root canal experience and keep your beautiful smile intact. Call our Fairfield, OH dental office today to schedule your appointment.
Why Would You Need a Root Canal?
A root canal is needed if an infection has reached the inner chamber of the tooth that houses the dental pulp. The dental pulp consists of blood vessels that nourish the tooth as well as nerves that trigger pain when irritated. If infection is left untreated, it will kill the dental pulp, destroy bone, and spread to surrounding areas. This will lead to you losing the tooth and requiring a bridge or dental implant to fill the gap.
How Do You Know If You Need a Root Canal?
If you experience any of the following symptoms of dental pulp infection, do not wait. Call your dentist in Fairfield, OH right away:
- Severe toothache that may disappear and return
- Pain when chewing or biting
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold
- Tooth discoloration
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus-filled abscess near the aching tooth
- Loose teeth
However, you may notice no symptoms at all. That’s why it’s so important to have regular dental cleanings and exams, so Dr. Dine has the opportunity to catch any infection before it spreads.
What Is the Root Canal Process?
Before anything happens, Dr. Dine will use our painless DentalVibe technology to completely numb the tooth and surrounding tissue so you won’t feel anything. Once the area is numb, Dr. Dine will start your root canal treatment.
Dr. Dine will open a small access hole in your tooth. The damaged nerve and pulp are removed, the tooth is cleaned out, and the inside is filled with gutta-percha (material similar to the removed pulp). Depending on the extent of the damage, Dr. Dine may seal your tooth with a tooth-colored filling or dental crown to repair your tooth and make it strong again.