Root Canal Therapy
We know root canals have a bad rep. Rest assured, they’re not as bad as the rumors make them out to be. Still not convinced? Let’s break it down…
Root canal therapy can save a tooth that has become severely infected or decayed. (For real.) Signs and symptoms that you might need a root canal include:
- spontaneous pain (even if you aren’t eating or drinking)
- pain that can wake you up in the middle of the night
- a toothache that gets worse when you eat or when pressure is applied
- discoloration or darkening of a tooth
- recurring swelling of the gums
- gum tenderness
- extreme sensitivity to cold or heat
Ignoring these symptoms can be bad for your oral health—not to mention super painful—if gone untreated. If Dr. Wooten believes a root canal is in order, we’ll discuss two very important things: the process and pain management. We want you to feel at-ease and as relaxed as possible.
What happens during my root canal?
Root canal therapy can typically be performed in a single visit. Before we start the procedure, the affected area is fully anesthetized. If your tooth is severely infected, we may opt to place medication in your canals for 1-2 weeks before completing the root canal therapy. Effective decontamination is important for the healing process. A temporary filling may also be used in-between treatments so that the area remains sterile.
After your root canal is complete, you may experience discomfort for about 2 days. Avoid chewing on that side of your mouth for a few days (or until the tenderness has dissipated.) Dr. Wooten will prescribe a final restoration for the tooth, all based on the individual needs and circumstances of each patient.
We're here to make your root canal experience as painless as possible.
If it’s been a while since you’ve had your last check up, there’s no need to fret – we are here to help! We can get back on track with your dental care. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.