It starts off as a beautiful day out with friends and family, until sensitivity strikes at the ice cream shop. It goes away pretty quickly; so no big deal, right? The next thing you notice is that your tooth hurts, and now it doesn’t go away – unless you take ibuprofen, not to worry, right? If this scenario sounds at all familiar, you should stop right here and call your trusted team at Long Family Dental, because things are about to get worse. Next you wake up in the middle of the night to a severe toothache that doesn’t go away, even with medication. These are the signs that you might needs a root canal in Midlothian.
What is a Root Canal?
When the pulp, or root of your tooth becomes damaged or injured you may develop an abscess, or infection. This is typically marked with severe pain, although there are some cases where root canal therapy is needed and the patient feels no pain. Your dentist will remove the infected pulp from your tooth through a small hole drilled in the top of your tooth. Once the infection is cleaned out, they’ll seal the hole with a temporary filling and allow your tooth some time to heal.
It’s important to note that dental infection and pain will not go away on its own. Without treatment, you’re at risk for tooth loss and the infection to spread to other critical areas of your body.
Does Root Canal Therapy Hurt?
Dental anesthetics will ensure that you don’t feel anything during your procedure. Root canal therapy will also relieve your pain from the infection right away, which is a benefit most patients appreciate. Your team at Long Family Dental has been providing high quality dental care to the Midlothian community for over forty years. Their experience combined with the advances of modern dentistry will ensure that your procedure goes smoothly.
If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods or beverages
- Pain when biting or chewing
- A constant toothache
These are indicators that you have an infection and may need root canal therapy, so please don’t hesitate to contact our office right away. We make every effort to accommodate our emergency patients as soon as possible, and you can rest assured that you’re in expert hands when you work with Long Family Dental.