Penfield Family Dentistry Is The
Place To Go For Root Canals

A root canal is necessary when infection develops in the tooth’s pulp (or nerve) tissue. Tooth pulp is the most vital part of the tooth; it is made up of living items such as connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerves. This is why deep cavities can  make an individual feel intense pain.

Signs and Symptoms of Root Canal Problems

Constant and intense pain or pressure in the mouth with either swelling or gum sensitivity indicates an evaluation is needed. Other symtoms might include severe sharp pain when biting down on your food or even clenching your jaw. More subtle indications might be sensitivity to hot or cold foods. If you have any of these types of symptoms, don’t delay scheduling an examination with one of our dentists immediately.

Root canals are one of the most routine and efficient procedures, which can bring relief very quickly. First, an anesthetic is administered to the tooth and surrounding tissue. A small opening is made on the surface of the affected tooth which provides access to the infected pulp. The damaged pulp is removed and the canal is cleaned and shaped for  temporary filling to be inserted. At the follow-up appointment the tooth is checked and when all the infection is gone the tooth is permanently filled or crowned.

Following root canal treatment, your tooth may feel some tenderness and sensitivity for a few days. For patients that are having discomfort, over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen are generally effective, but sometimes a prescription is provided.