If you are experiencing the pain of a toothache, the chances are good that you might need a root canal. But before you start to panic at the mere thought of this much-feared dental treatment, you should know that a root canal is actually a good thing. When you undergo root canal treatment at our Pikesville, MD practice, chances are not only will it eliminate your toothache pain—but it will save your tooth as well.
Symptoms That Might Mean You Need a Root Canal
As mentioned, the pain of a toothache is one of the most common signs you need a root canal. Usually, this toothache pain starts mild but quickly turns severe—and even intolerable. Other symptoms might include sensitivity to hot or cold, swollen gums at the site of the affected tooth, or a white bump on your gum near the site.
What Root Canal Treatment Entails
If your dentist determines that a root canal is necessary, the first step in the process is to numb the area near the affected tooth. Once the area is numb and you are comfortable, your dentist will make a tiny hold in your tooth to clean out the affected tooth root, removing the infected material. Once the area is thoroughly cleaned and rinsed with an antibiotic, the tooth is plugged and sealed to protect it from future infection.
In most cases, your dentist will recommend a dental crown to protect the tooth. Your pain will dissipate entirely over the next couple of days—and we can usually save your tooth.
Call Us for Root Canal Treatment
If you are suffering from the pain of a toothache, give us a call right away. Dental pain is never normal, and the pain will not go away on its own. We will take good care of you at our Pikesville, MD practice should you need root canal treatment. Don’t delay; call us right away!