A root canal is necessary when the pulp within a tooth becomes inflamed and infected. If not addressed promptly, this problem can lead to severe infection, tooth loss and the deterioration of your jawbone. If you have noticed swelling around a tooth, pain, extreme sensitivity to hot and cold or a change in the color of a tooth, a root canal may be the solution.
The final determination of whether or not you need a root canal requires an evaluation from a skilled dental professional. By visually examining the tooth and gum line and seeking additional information from radiographs, the team at Oso Marguerite Dental can determine if this is the right choice for you.
Root canals are not painful. Our team performs many of these procedures every day, and we use the latest dental practices including local anesthesia and sedation dentistry to ensure you remain comfortable and confident throughout your visit.
If you are suffering from tooth pain, don’t wait any longer to address it. Call our office and schedule a consultation today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why might I need a root canal?
Root canals involve removing the pulp of a damaged or deeply decayed tooth in order to preserve the tooth. They are sometimes necessary when a tooth is badly cracked or broken, has been worked on multiple times or when a deep cavity is present. Sometimes, trauma impacting the mouth also makes it necessary to perform a root canal.
Are root canals painful?
Root canal procedures should not be painful. At Oso Marguerite Dental, we ensure that the tooth is appropriately numbed using local anesthetic before beginning a root canal. We also work with the patient to minimize any fear or discomfort in the dental chair in order to improve the experience. Once the procedure is complete, patients experience relief from the pain they previously felt, before the tooth was repaired.
Will I need to come in for more than one visit for a root canal?
While a root canal can be completed in one visit, most patients require a crown following the procedure. Placing a crown typically requires one or two additional visits to Oso Marguerite Dental. This will be discussed with you as we develop your treatment plan and explore all of your options.
I think I need a root canal. How can I know for sure?
While there are many indications that a root canal might be necessary, the only way to know for sure is to undergo an evaluation by a qualified dentist. To schedule your appointment, call Oso Marguerite Dental.