Are you like the hundreds of other people in the world that dread going to the dentist? Are you having pain when chewing your food? How about prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold sensations? Do you have an injury to your tooth? Maybe you have a deep cavity? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may be time to schedule an appointment with your gentle dentist.
Sometimes a root canal is just what your teeth need. Whether from a cracked tooth — from either injury or genetics, a deep cavity, or issues from a previous filing, this procedure can keep you from an abscess or even losing the tooth. If you notice your teeth are sensitive, particularly to hot and cold sensations, you have pain when chewing or biting, discoloration of the tooth, swelling in your gums or have pimples on your gums, these are signs you might need to contact your dentist for a root canal.
What is a Root Canal?
As we have just learned, a root canal is needed if there is damage to your tooth or you have pain or sensitivity. This is caused when the pulp inside your tooth has become inflamed or infected. During the root canal, the pulp is removed, and the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Unlike the extremely painful dental horror stories of the old days, this procedure is mostly painless, with many patients complaining of minor discomforts like that of a filing.
Advantages of a Root Canal
There are many advantages to a having a root canal. The biggest advantage is being able to keep your natural tooth. Others include:
- Painless chewing
- Normal biting force and sensation
- A natural appearance
- Protecting other teeth from excessive wear or strain
- Prevents the jawbone from deterioration
- Enhances oral and overall health
Disadvantages of a Root Canal
While there are advantages to a root canal, there are also a few disadvantages. Factor in the following when considering a root canal:
- The tooth will be more prone to fractures if not reinforced with a cap or porcelain crown
- More complicated than a tooth extraction and may take more than one appointment to complete
- More expensive than a tooth extraction
If you are in pain and needing a root canal in Westminster, Arbor Dental Group is here to help. With over 40 years of experience in the Denver metro area, we work hard to preserve the integrity of your teeth. We take your dental and oral health seriously. Our root canals are typically done in one visit, but we recommend that a porcelain crown or other protective covering to protect the tooth is done following the procedure.
Do not worry if you experience fear or anxiety just thinking of the dentist; we offer sedation dentistry as well to make your visit as pleasant as possible. Call us today to schedule an appointment for your root canal. You will be back to smiling, chewing, and biting pain-free in no time!