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About Root Canals
A root canal is a procedure to replace infected pulp within the root canal with an inert material. Only a dentist can determine if a root canal is necessary, and they make that determination with an exam and x-rays. Root canals are performed in order to save a tooth that is seriously infected.
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
If you have any of these symptoms, call AAdams Dental Care to set up an appointment. While there is no guarantee until a thorough exam, a root canal may be in your future.
- A severe toothache in which pain worsens when pressure is applied
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth, especially a grey color
- Swelling and/or tenderness on the gums
- A pimple on the gum that is difficult to be rid of or will not stay away
The pulp of a tooth is inside of it. It contains blood, the nerves of the tooth, and connective tissues. If the pulp breaks down due to decay or damage, it causes infection to develop. While infection is not uncommon, it is not something to be ignored. Without proper treatment, infection will spread and make you seriously ill.
In a root canal, the damaged pulp is removed and replaced by a different material. It is done to save the tooth’s structure. A crown is needed to cover the tooth once the procedure is completed.
Root canals can be painful, but the pain is short-term. The root canal itself won’t be felt as a local anesthetic is used to numb the mouth beforehand. The mild to moderate pain experienced in recovery from a root canal is typically less than the pain felt that made it necessary in the first place. Follow your dentist’s instructions after the procedure and be sure to take any prescribed medications. You can expect a full recovery in a few days.
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