What to Expect During Your Root Canal (Part 1)

If your Plano dentist recommends that you undergo a root canal procedure, you understandably may wonder what the procedure entails. How much pain – if any – will experience? How long does it take? What will the dentist do during the root canal?

Take a look below for some information (part one of two) regarding what to expect during a root canal.

How can a dentist know that I should have a root canal

Your dentist may recommend a root canal if you’re experiencing the following symptoms:

  • You could have a severe toothache when you apply pressure to the area or when you chew.
  • Your tooth could become discolored.
  • You could have swelling/tenderness in gums.
  • You could feel prolonged sensitivity or pain to cold or hot temperatures (even after food that’s hot or cold is no longer in your mouth).
  • You may have a recurring and/or persistent pimple on your gums.

What causes these symptoms to present themselves?

The nerve of your tooth likely has become infected or your tooth’s pulp has become damaged. The root canal procedure will remove the nerve and pulp and your dentist will clean and seal the inside of your tooth.

A root canal may be necessary when your tooth’s pulp has become infected.

Aren’t root canals painful?

No. Most people find that the procedure itself doesn’t hurt much – if at all – because your Plano dentist will anesthetize the area around the affected tooth so that you feel no pain. The major discomfort of a root canal comes about because of the pain you’re feeling on and around your tooth because of your tooth’s damaged nerve or pulp.

What caused the damage to my tooth’s pulp/nerve?

Your tooth’s pulp and/or nerve can become inflamed, irritated or even infected because of excessive tooth decay, large fillings, chipping or cracking a tooth, trauma to your face, or even repeated dental procedures on the tooth.

What are the first steps in getting a root canal?

You’re going to be visiting your dentist several times throughout the procedure. In fact, depending on the severity of the damage to your tooth’s pulp/nerve as well as your dentist’s expertise in root canals, your dentist may recommend that you see an endodontist, a dentist who is an expert at taking care of diseases and injuries to dental pulp.

Your dentist/endodontist first will x-ray the tooth and surrounding area to make sure that your tooth and surrounding gums are otherwise in good shape and to check for any indication of infection in bone surrounding the tooth.

If you’re experiencing some of the root canal symptoms described above, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Plano dentist Dr. Darren Dickson. Contact his office by phone, or send an e-mail to [email protected].

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