Cavities are one of the most harmful ways Mother Nature can destroy your smile. When decay is left to do its business and is not properly removed, it can damage your tooth or teeth to the extent that you’ll need a root canal. Also referred to as endodontic therapy, root canals are one of dentistry’s most disliked, yet common, general dentistry treatments. Unfortunately, patients hear these two words and assume the worst. However, thanks to our advanced technology and expertise, having a root canal is just another dental solution for your smile.
What Can I Expect from My Luma Dentist?
Know that if your dentist is recommending a root canal, it’s not without good reason. We generally recommend them for patients who have experienced some trauma or have required deep restorations to a tooth, causing nerve damage. When this occurs, a root canal can save the day (and your tooth). We want to remove any infection from your pulp quickly and efficiently because it can tend to extend through the root tip. Unfortunately, infected pulp needs immediate attention from your dentist and cannot heal on its own Some common symptoms of an infected pulp can include:
- Increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Ongoing dental discomfort and swelling
- Pain when biting, chewing, or applying pressure
- Having a bad taste in your mouth
Believe it or not, we’ve worked with patients who needed a root canal and showed no outward oral health signs or symptoms. Once we’re able to remove any decay or infection, we must fill the cleaned area to prevent any further damage. Usually, a core build-up and crown are recommended for restoring a tooth that has had root canal therapy.
If dental pain is taking control of your life, please contact your nearest Luma Dentistry office. We’re here to help you and your smile be as healthy as possible.