Root Canal Therapy: It’s Less Painful, and More Beneficial Than You Think
The last thing most people want to hear when they visit the dentist is they need root canal therapy. You have probably heard it is painful, so you want to avoid it at all costs. But actually, with today’s technology and the availability of sedation dentistry at Hi Tech Dental Care, a root canal is no more painful than having a cavity filled. Although root canals have gotten a bad reputation, in reality, they provide better oral health than an extraction and they are much less painful than dealing with a painful infection.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is a procedure used to help repair an infection or damage in the pulp (the center of a tooth). The pulp inside your tooth contains the nerves, which is why the pain is so intense when you have an infection. Sedation dentistry at Hi-Tech Dental Care takes away the pain during a root canal. A root canal involves cleaning and repairing the infected, damaged tooth. Once the infection has been cleaned out, your Hi Tech Dental Care dentist in Las Vegas will put a crown on the tooth to provide long-term protection. If you do not treatment, an abscess may develop or you may have to have the tooth extracted.
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
First and foremost, do not ignore any tooth pain that lasts for more than a couple of days. Call our Hi Tech Dental Care emergency dentist in Las Vegas if the pain worsens when eating or drinking. It may seem as though you only have a small cavity, but without treatment the cavity will get bigger and the bacteria that are eating away at your tooth, will eventually make its way into the pulp. Once bacteria gets into the pulp, there is an increased risk of infection, which can damage the soft pulp area as well as the roots. Keep in mind that you may not always experience intense pain as a sign that you need root canal therapy. Some of the signs to be aware of may include:
- Painful toothache with pressure even when not chewing
- Swelling and tenderness in your gums
- Discoloration of the infected tooth
- Abscesses (looks like pimples) that continually appears on your gums
- Extreme sensitivity to hot and/or cold foods and beverages
It is important to practice good oral health care, by brushing and flossing daily, especially after eating sugary foods. It is important for our overall health to visit us regularly. By making regular dental appointments, we will usually be able to identify a small cavity and repair it before it develops into a more serious problem that requires a root canal.
If you think you have the symptoms of an infected tooth or if you are experiencing tooth pain that lasts more than a couple of days, contact Dr. Kayla Mai at Hi Tech Dental Care and schedule an appointment with one of our emergency dentists in Las Vegas.