Root canal treatment used to be one of the most feared dental procedures, but that has changed. Newer methods and equipment now make it possible to receive root canal treatment without any pain. And once patients have complete information about what causes the pain and what the treatment entails, they very often find that their anxiety has diminished, as well.
What is Root Canal Treatment?
The answer to this question is very simple. When tooth decay is not caught at an early stage, it moves through the enamel of a tooth into the dentin layer and infects the pulp, the living inner core. When this happens, the pulp dies. The solution is to remove the infected or dead tissue and seal the tooth.
Because there have been so many misconceptions about the difficulty of this treatment, some people think it would be better to just have the tooth extracted. But that really is the most difficult dental procedure there is. It is far better to save the tooth structure.
Signs You Might Need Root Canal Treatment
If you need root canal treatment, you may experience moderate or severe pain when you bite down on a tooth, after drinking hot or cold beverages, or when you tap on a tooth. In addition, the infection in your tooth may lead to an abscess on your jawline, the pain may wake you when you try to sleep, or you may experience radiating pain.
If you are having any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to call. Dr. Price will diagnose what is causing your pain and bring relief. Once that is accomplished, she will recommend the most appropriate treatment plan to permanently solve your problem.
And keep in mind that Dr. Price has received specialized training in order to offer sedation dentistry, so if you are still anxious, we can provide relief.