Have you ever heard the phrase ‘I’d rather have a root canal’ to describe something painful or unpleasant? At Winston-Salem Dental Group, we perform root canal (endodontic) therapy routinely for our patients, and many report minimal discomfort.
Root canal procedures have advanced significantly in recent years. For many root canal patients, the procedure is no more stressful than getting a filling.
Root canals are performed when the root of a tooth is severely infected. By then the only other options is usually to extract it. With modern technology they are a fairly straightforward. The pulp of a tooth’s interior is removed, and the remaining canal is cleaned, disinfected, and sealed.
How do you know if you need a root canal? You should speak with your dental professional immediately if you experience tenderness or pain, hot or cold sensitivity, tooth discoloration, tooth injury, gum swelling, gum pain, or lymph node tenderness or drainage. However, for some endodontic patients, there are no symptoms. That is why it is important to visit your dentist regularly for a thorough dental examination and dental cleaning.
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