You noticed a tingle in your tooth but didn’t think too much about it at the time. Then the pain got a little worse, and you started to suspect you needed a root canal. Now you have a full-blown toothache and lingering sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.
There’s a good chance that what’s happening is that you have an infected or abscessed tooth. By this point, a root canal procedure at our Garland, TX dental office is the only way to get relief and save the tooth from extraction.
Root Canals Are Your Friend!
A root canal is probably the most misunderstood procedure in dentistry. Many people think it’s a long, painful process, but they couldn’t be more wrong.
Root canals performed by an experienced dentist using leading-edge dental technology are not difficult at all. In fact, they’re typically very straightforward and nothing to be feared.
The fear of the procedure is due largely to the fact that many patients wait to seek root canal treatment until they can’t handle the pain any longer. What they forget is that they started to feel better immediately after the dentist administers a local anesthetic.
Why You Need a Root Canal
When you have deep decay, a crack in your tooth, or have suffered trauma to the tooth, bacteria reach the pulp of your tooth and cause an infection. Dental pulp contains the tissue, blood vessels, and nerves that keep the tooth alive.
The only option to save the tooth from extraction is for Dr. Jung to perform a root canal at our Garland, TX dental office. He opens a small hole in your tooth that provides access to the infected pulp and nerves. Using state-of-the-art technology, Dr. Jung gently and thoroughly clears away the infection.
The tooth is disinfected, and a rubber-like material is placed in the hollowed-out area inside of the tooth. During the last step, Dr. Jung seals the tooth and places a temporary filling. The tooth is intact but weakened, so in most cases, we recommend a dental crown to protect it.
Signs That You Have an Infected Tooth
If you have an infected root canal, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:
- Throbbing toothache
- Tender or swollen gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- A raised, whitish bump on your gums
- Darkening of the tooth
- A foul taste in your mouth
If you notice any of these symptoms or have any other kind of discomfort, call Garland Grove Dentistry to get the relief you need.
You Can Prevent Root Canal Infections
Unless your tooth suffers trauma, you can take steps to avoid the need for a root canal. Brushing and flossing conscientiously remove plaque buildup that can lead to cavities and gum disease.
Visiting Garland Grove Dentistry every six-months for exams and cleanings gives Dr. Jung the opportunity to monitor your oral health. Treating a cavity when it’s small spares you the pain of a tooth infection and potential damage to the tooth.
Call Us to Schedule an Appointment
If you have a throbbing toothache or any of the symptoms above, please call our Garland, TX dental office to see if you need a root canal or other treatment.