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Does a Root Canal Hurt?

Patients are often scared when the dentist recommends that they get a root canal, prompting many to choose to have a tooth removed instead. However, a root canal can save your tooth and keep your oral health from deteriorating. In the past, removing a tooth was the preferred treatment method for problems in the root canal. However, modern medicine has made it possible for Victor Oelbaum & Associates at Dental Magic to treat the tooth instead of pulling it from the mouth.

What’s a Root Canal?

Three layers make up the structure of your teeth – the pulp, dentin, and enamel. The enamel is what is visible to you and others, the thin layer that makes up the beauty of your smile. Dentin lays in the area underneath the enamel while the pulp is located in the area beneath your dentin. The pulp is made up of tissues and nerves that can become inflamed or infected due to injuries, bacteria, decay, and past dental treatment. It was once used to nourish your teeth, but they don’t need its nourishment once they’re fully developed.

When Are Root Canals Recommended?

Your dentist may recommend endodontic treatment for teeth when there is an issue with the pulp and structure of the tooth. The pulp contains nerves as well as blood vessels that were important in the development of your teeth and their structure.

When the pulp becomes infected or irritated due to bacteria and oral health issues, it can cause severe pain and discomfort that can interfere with several areas of life. If you experience pain or difficulty chewing, schedule an appointment with a dental professional near you. Inflammation may occur in several cases, such as:

  • When teeth become cracked or chipped
  • When teeth are seriously damaged or injured
  • When the tooth has a deep filling or cavity

In each of these cases, bacteria enter teeth and causes an infection or irritation to develop in the tissues. If these tissues remain in the tooth, an infection can spread throughout the mouth and reach other areas of the body. Your dentist can provide treatment that keeps infections at bay and removes tissues that could be harmful to your oral and overall health.

Signs You May Need a Root Canal

If you believe that you have an issue with your teeth, such as an infection, you should schedule an appointment with your local dentist. Some of the signs that indicate the need for dental intervention include:

  • Severe pain or toothaches when chewing or applying pressure
  • Continuous sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages
  • Developing discoloration in teeth
  • Gum tissue that is swollen or tender
  • Pimples that appear on the gums persistently

If you notice any of these issues, speak with your dentist so that they can assess your teeth and pinpoint the area that needs treatment. However, there are some patients that do not experience symptoms at all.

Are Root Canals Painful?

Your Dental Magic dentist will make sure that you are comfortable throughout the procedure. We use state-of-the-art technology along with dental microscopes and equipment of the highest quality to ensure that our dentists can perform your root canal without any discomfort and in less time than the typical root canal.

How Long Do Root Canals Take?

Our technique is unique due to our use of an OPMI® pico dental microscope. This technology has led to a dramatic change in the way that dentists in our office perform root canals. Not many dentists use this technology, which allows us to detect issues and anomalies inside your teeth that would otherwise not be seen. Using this information, we can develop an efficient treatment plan to remove the infected tissues and relieve your discomfort quickly.

If you think you may need a root canal or some other dental procedure, call Dental Magic to schedule an appointment at our office and save your teeth. You can get more information about root canal therapy in our dental clinic and work with dental professionals that put your oral health first, giving you a beautiful smile and healthy molars.

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