Do you, or a loved one, need a root canal?
Some of the telltale signs include:
- Severe tooth pain when chewing or applying pressure
- Prolonged sensitivity or pain when exposed to hot or cold temperatures (after the hot or cold has been removed)
- Discoloration (darkening) of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
- A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums
Believe it or not, there may be times when someone needs a root canal, and they don’t even know it because there are no discernable symptoms present. The good news is that our dental hygienists and dentists know exactly what to look for, so as long as you are having regular dental checkups, they’ll be able to spot any potential issues right away.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you may need a root canal. If not, you may have a cavity or possibly periodontal disease. The important thing is to make an appointment with your First Choice dentist and get it checked!
When You Need a Root Canal...
...your next step is to schedule an appointment with a licensed, experienced endodontist. This is very important because this type of dentist specializes only in root canals, so they’re really good at it. First Choice Dental has an excellent endodontics team that serves Madison and Dane County, WI. Our comfort-conscious, experienced endodontists — Dr. Beatty and Dr. Lee — have both consistently been named among Madison’s top endodontists.
Call us at 608-848-5366 to schedule a root canal at a First Choice Dental location near you.
You can also request an appointment online 24/7 at any of the following locations:
What is a root canal treatment?
A root canal is a dental treatment performed by an endodontist, or specially trained dentist, which is used to repair and save a tooth that’s badly decayed and/or infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without root canal, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.
An abscess occurs when the infection spreads all the way past the ends of the roots of the tooth. In addition to an abscess, an infection in the root of a tooth can also cause:
- Swelling that may spread to other areas of the face, neck or head
- Bone loss around the tip of the root
- Drainage problems extending outward from the root; a hole can occur through the side of the tooth with drainage into the gums or through the cheek with drainage into the skin
When diagnosed early enough, your endodontist can help you avoid the formation of an abscess. This is why it’s so critical to see your dentist as soon as you experience any of the telltale signs mentioned above. Even if you only have a cavity, addressing it right away can help you avoid needing a root canal in the first place.
What if I need a root canal but don’t want one?
You’re not alone. No one wants to have a root canal! But our endodontic patients are usually surprised by how painless and uneventful a root canal at First Choice Dental really is. And as any good endodontist will attest, not getting a root canal when you need one can be harmful to your health, and cause additional problems that will eventually need to be addressed. In other words, the longer you wait, the more your oral health can deteriorate.
What are root canal alternatives?
The only alternative to a root canal is having the tooth extracted and replaced with a bridge, implant or removable partial denture to restore chewing function and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting.
These alternatives are more expensive than a root canal, and also require more treatment time at the dentist for additional procedures to adjacent teeth and supporting tissues. This makes a root canal the treatment of choice for minimized cost, procedure time — and allowing you to keep your natural teeth.
How can I prevent needing a root canal?
There’s actually a lot you can do to prevent needing a root canal in the future. Brush and floss regularly to avoid plaque build up. Get regular dental checkups every six months if you’re healthy, and more often if your periodontal health requires it. At your dental checkup, your dentist can detect if there are any issues and resolve them before they get worse. In addition, if you or a loved one is involved in athletics, trauma resulting from a sports-related injury can be reduced by wearing any dentist-approved mouth guard. These precautions can help you avoid a root canal in the future.
How do I choose a root canal provider?
The first thing you’ll want to do is seek out an endodontist who specializes in root canal. We have an excellent on-staff endodontics team serving Madison and Dane County. With a focus on comfort-conscious care, our endodontists can help you bring your mouth back to a place of pain-free health. Be sure to look for an endodontist with experience and a positive track record.
Interested in learning more about our endodontists? Check out our Root Canal Patient Reviews for Dr. Beatty and Dr. Lee
Ready to make an appointment?
The following First Choice Dental locations have an on-staff endodontist that can take care of diagnosing and performing a root canal. You can request an appointment online anytime at one of the following locations:
Prefer to speak with a person?
You’re welcome to call us with questions, or to set up an appointment at 608-848-5366.
Thank you for visiting First Choice Dental!