It often starts as slight sensitivity to hot and cold foods, which may not seem like a big deal. It goes away quickly, right? Next it progresses into a more persistent twinge, however Ibuprofin makes it go away, so not to worry, right? The next thing you know, your tooth is waking you up at night with constant pain. Believe it or not, all of these symptoms were indicators that you might need a root canal in Lockport. What should you do next?
Handling Dental Pain
Pain is your body's way of informing you that something is wrong, and it's no different for your teeth. When you start to feel that slight sensitivity to hot and cold, it's a good idea to consult with your dentist. Being proactive about your oral health can often save you from more invasive and costly treatment. If you choose however, to ignore the warning signs you may find yourself with a dental infection, and it's important to note that it will not go away on its own. You should get in contact with your dentist right away as root canal therapy may be able to help preserve your tooth.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
A root canal is when your dentist will remove the infected or injured pulp of your root through a small hole that is drilled in the top of your tooth. Once the infection is cleaned out, your tooth will be sealed with a temporary filling, and given time to heal. Unfortunately, your tooth is not as strong as it was before your infection, so your dentist will need to build it back up with a permanent filling or a dental crown.
Does Root Canal Therapy Hurt?
Dr. Kaplansky has been restoring smiles for over a decade. His skill and dental anesthetics will ensure that you remain comfortable during your procedure. Most patients are very relieved during root canal therapy because it's relieving the pain caused by the infection.
If you're experiencing sensitivity or dental pain, please be proactive about your oral health and call us right away! It can mean the difference between saving or losing your tooth.