Some patients feel fearful when they hear the term root canal because they aren’t certain what it is or why they need to have one. They may have also heard from family or friends that the procedure is painful. Even though no dental surgery is completely pain-free, Dr. Ahmad applies a numbing anesthetic to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible. In reality, living with an infected tooth is much more painful than undergoing a root canal. Having the procedure done also helps to prevent more serious dental problems later.

root canalWhat Happens During a Root Canal?

So what is a root canal, anyway? That’s a very good question. A root canal is a dental surgery that removes infected pulp from the root of your tooth. After Dr. Ahmad completes this process, he cleans your tooth from the inside and then creates a seal to protect against bacteria. He also places a crown on the tooth that received a root canal. The crown helps to decrease your pain as well as allowing you to speak and chew without complications.

Symptoms of an Infected Tooth

When the nerves of a tooth sustain damage due to disease, decay, or trauma, it results in the formation of pus and possible infection. The pus can also cause damage to the bone surrounding the tooth, resulting in an abscessed tooth. Since it’s not immediately obvious this has happened, it’s important to know the symptoms of infection. These include:

  • The tooth is throbbing and painful whether or not you touch it
  • The pain may increase when you stand up, lie down, or drink a beverage not at room temperature
  • The infected tooth is darker than the others
  • You notice a small sac filled with pus near your gum line
  • The swelling extends beyond your tooth to your face or neck
  • A persistent bad taste in your mouth
  • Pain when biting your food

These symptoms don’t necessarily mean that you need a root canal. However, you should contact All Star Dental to report any unusual symptoms. Dr. Ahmad will examine your tooth and gums before recommending a root canal or another type of dental treatment. Because a small percentage of patients with an infected tooth have no symptoms at all, it’s essential to keep up with your regular hygiene appointments. This enables Dr. Ahmad to spot the infection and treat it immediately.