Ouch! Is your tooth in pain? This could be a sign that you need a root canal. Needing a root canal is a dental emergency, because it means that you have an infection in your tooth.
Many people dread the words “root canal” because they expect the experience to be painful and unpleasant. In reality, the most difficult and painful part comes before you see the dentist – when your tooth hurts!
Root canal procedures can successfully remove infection from the tooth, and the procedure is done with a numbing agent, so you don’t have to be in pain. Getting a root canal when you need one can save your tooth, and stop the pain.
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a procedure that gets rid of infection from a tooth. During the procedure, your dentist will clean out the tooth to remove the infection. Root canal treatments can protect your tooth. Without a root canal, your tooth may need to be extracted. Once the root canal is over, the dentist will place a dental crown on your tooth to protect it. Without a crown, your tooth could split or crack during everyday use.
Does a Root Canal Hurt?
There are various types of sedation that can be used to make the root canal procedure comfortable. Nitrous oxide, oral sedation and IV sedation can all be used to keep you more comfortable throughout the procedure. During the procedure, your tooth will be completely numb.
In fact, most people experience immediate relief when the numbing agents and sedation are used, because they can no longer feel the pain of infection. Following the procedure, your tooth may be sensitive for a few days.
How Can You Tell If You Need a Root Canal?
The first sign that you need a root canal is the pain that you may be experiencing. In addition, there are other signs that you’re having a problem.
Signs that you need a root canal include:
- Sensitivity to extreme temperatures
- Tooth discoloration
- Lesion on the gums
- Pain in the jaw or face
A tooth infection cannot be cured without treatment. If you don’t see the dentist, you could lose your tooth. If you’re noticing signs like this, it’s important to see the dentist as soon as possible.