It’s Root Canal Awareness Week!

April 1, 2014


You’ve probably heard of the phrase “root canal” before, but do you really know what it means?

A root canal occurs when the space within the tooth’s root becomes infected. When this happens, you need to get endodontic therapy. This procedure is also commonly referred to as a root canal or as root canal treatment.

Why do root canals happen?

People need root canal treatment after trauma to the tooth. Often times this is a result of a cavity left untreated for too long. Additionally, dental trauma can happen during sports injuries or car accidents. If you think you may have a cavity, or if you injure your teeth or mouth in any way, you should see your dentist to prevent a root canal.

What are the symptoms of a root canal?

  •  Severe toothache
  • Swelling
  • Sharp pain when biting down
  • Long-lasting sensitivity from hot or cold temperatures
  • A pimple-like bump on the gum
  • Discoloration or darkening of the tooth

What does root canal treatment entail?

After ensuring that you are numb and comfortable, our dentist at Advanced DDS will treat your tooth. Our dentist will remove the infected pulp, bacteria, and decayed nerves from the tooth. After the tooth is cleaned, it is then filled and sealed, usually with a crown. This procedure will relieve your symptoms while also protecting your natural tooth.

Most people hear the term “root canal” and cringe. Because the symptoms of a root canal, people believe that the procedure will be painful as well. The truth is, many patients report that root canal treatment is pain free.  

How do I prevent a root canal?

Root canal therapy can be costly. Avoid having to pay this extra money by brushing your teeth for two minutes twice every day, flossing daily, and coming in regularly for your continuous care. If you or your child play sports, a custom fitted mouthguard is highly recommended to prevent dental trauma that can often lead to root canals (for more information, check out our blog on mouthguards).  Always make sure to see your dentist if you have any oral pain or discomfort so they can tell you what is wrong and how to fix it. We always want to see you before a dental emergency rather than during.

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