Root Canal

Gentle Dental Care

General Dentists, Cosmetic Dentists, & Family Dentists located in Grand Island, NE

With root canals, dentists are able to save millions of teeth every year from surrendering to damage or decay and eventually coming out completely. At Gentle Dental Care in Grand Island, Nebraska, the team provides safe and comfortable root canals to prevent much more extensive and costly dental work in the future. Book your appointment by calling Gentle Dental Care for a consultation today.

Root Canal Q & A

Why do I need a root canal?

Root canals are necessary treatments for teeth that are overcome by internal disease or inflammation. Each of your teeth is filled with a soft inner pulp consisting of nerves, tissue, and blood vessels. When the pulp gets infected, it can become inflamed and painful. This can be the unfortunate result of a traumatic injury, repeated dental procedures, or tiny chips or cracks in the tooth’s surface.

If your tooth needs a root canal, it will be obvious — bringing bothersome symptoms and signs. You might need a root canal if you notice any of these symptoms or sensations in your teeth:

  • Pain while chewing
  • Lingering sensitivity after heat, cold, or sweetness
  • Chips or cracks in your teeth
  • Swollen gums
  • Dark-colored gum tissue
  • Pimples across your gums

Even if you don’t feel any pain from the damage inside your tooth or if you think it’s something you can ignore, your dentist can tell if you need a root canal during your routine exam at Gentle Dental Care.

What are the steps in a root canal?

The root canal procedure is simpler and less painful than you might think. The Gentle Dental Care team gives you a powerful numbing gel or injectable anesthetic to make sure you don’t feel the operation as it happens. They drill a hole in the biting surface of your tooth to access the inside pulp. 

Using specialized tools, the team removes the pulp from inside your tooth and sanitizes the new empty space within. They fill and seal the space to close the tooth again and may prepare your tooth for a crown placement at a later appointment. A crown can give your tooth back its full strength after a root canal. 

You might feel some soreness for a few days after the root canal, but over-the-counter pain relievers are generally enough to get you through the short recovery.

What happens if I don’t get a root canal?

Many people fear root canals to the point of avoiding them entirely, even knowing full well that they need one. If you don’t get a root canal, several things can happen. As infections often do, they can spread into your jaw and eventually into other areas of your body, too. 

In the worst cases, an infection that started in a single tooth can become life-threatening. This is why it’s important to get a root canal as soon as you can and tell your dentist any time you notice symptoms of inflammation or infection.

If you suspect that you need a root canal, call or click to book an evaluation at Gentle Dental Care today.