August 9, 2017
It starts off with a small zing of sensitivity in your tooth when you’re enjoying your ice cream. You don’t think twice about it because it goes away quickly. The next thing you know, you’re noticing the pain more consistently and for longer periods; however, you still don’t contact your dentist in Fremont since it goes away with Ibuprofen. It’s not long before your tooth is waking you up at night with a full-blown toothache, and now you’ve been told you might need a root canal. Here’s why.
When do I Need a Root Canal?
If your tooth suffers from an injury or trauma, a fracture or crack, or decay that reaches the pulp, or nerve, you will likely need root canal therapy to preserve your tooth. When decay reaches your nerve, it causes an infection. The infected tissue has to be removed from inside your tooth in order to save it from an extraction, and this is known as root canal therapy.
What is the Process of Getting a Root Canal?
Dr. Block will remove the infected tissue through a small hole in the top. After the infection is completely cleaned out, he’ll seal the hole with a temporary filling. Then you tooth is given time to heal, and after healing is completed you’ll return to our office to have your tooth strengthened with a permanent filling or crown.
Does Root Canal Therapy Hurt?
Root canals have suffered from a bad reputation in the past because they are typically associated with pain. However, it’s your infection that is actually causing your pain, while root canal therapy relieves it. Dr. Block uses the best dental anesthetics to ensure that you don’t feel anything during your procedure, and it’s the anesthetics that also alleviate your pain.
For patients who feel fearful about their root canal therapy, we also offer different options for sedation that will help you feel at ease during your procedure. We’re happy to discuss your options for sedation with you.
How to Avoid a Root Canal
Believe it or not, many root canal procedures can be avoided with consistent preventive care. For example, if Dr. Block diagnoses decay in your tooth at your regular dental checkup, by being proactive and getting treatment right away, your cavity can be treated with a less invasive filling before an infection is allowed to start.
Contact James Block Dentistry
If it’s time for your next checkup, or if you are experiencing dental pain, please call your dentist in Fremont right away.
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