Do you, or a loved one, need a root canal?
Here are some signs a root canal MIGHT be needed:
- 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 to visit an endodontist for a root canal procedure, 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 have regular dental checkups, they’ll be able to spot any potential issues.
The key takeaway: make an appointment with your First Choice dentist and get it checked!
IF You Need a Root Canal...
...your next step is to schedule an appointment with a licensed, experienced endodontist for the root canal procedure. This is very important because an endodontist specializes only in root canals.. 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. Check out our Root Canal Patient Reviews for Dr. Beatty and Dr. Lee
You can also request an appointment online 24/7 at any of the following locations:
What is a root canal procedure?
Basically, a root canal either repairs or saves a badly decayed or infected tooth. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without a 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
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.
How can I prevent needing a root canal?
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. 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.
You’re welcome to call us with questions, or to set up an appointment at 608-848-5366.