One of the number one questions people ask in the office and the search for on the internet is “does a root canal hurt?” We have all seen the depictions of root canals on T.V. or heard stories about them from friends and relatives. The truth is that root canals don’t cause pain, the stop the pain. So if you have fear and anxiety about having a root canal then don’t. We can make you very comfortable for the procedure.
The purpose of a root canal is to repair or save the tooth that is damaged from deep decay, fillings, cracks, or trauma. Since these things often lead to infection, we recommend treating these problems as soon as they are detected. Saving your tooth is always the best option.
The need for a root canal occurs when the tooth has a deep cavity, fracture, or has been damaged by a traumatic problem. Harmful bacteria then gains access into the canals, thereby infecting the healthy pulp. If the patient doesn’t get treated right away, the infection will worsen, causing the pulp to die. This is what causes an abscess, which is an infection of the bone at the end of the root.
When the nerve of a tooth becomes comprised because of infection or decay, Dr. Schowengerdt may perform root canal therapy to restore the tooth. Root canal therapy is often the best option for our patients with significant dental decay because it restores function to the tooth without harming any adjacent teeth.
Some of the signs and symptoms you may need root canal therapy are:
• An abscess (or pimple) on the gums.
• Sensitivity to hot and cold.
• Severe toothache pain.
• Sometimes no symptoms are present.
• Swelling and/or tenderness.
If you are having any of these symptoms, give our office a call today. Call now at (417) 667-7134.
If you have questions about root canal therapy or treatment options, feel free to fill out the form below with your question and we will get back with you as soon as possible.