A root canal is a common and powerful procedure which helps your dentist cure your toothache and save your tooth from extraction. Understanding the early signs and symptoms of conditions which could lead to root canal will help you alert your dentist early before decay or damage hurts your tooth to the point where your dentist can no longer preserve its structure. Find out more about root canal therapy with Dr. Sten Erickson, Dr. Mart Erickson, and Dr. Rachel Erickson at Erickson Dental Care in Grants Pass, OR.
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
A root canal treats a tooth with significant decay. If you show signs of decay, you may require a root canal. Some common signs of teeth decay include:
- unexplained bad breath
- a hole in your tooth
- a brown or dark discoloration on the tooth
- tenderness or swelling of the gums
- pain while putting pressure on the tooth, such as while eating
- an abscess on the gums which resembles a small pimple
- swelling of the face in the area of the tooth
What can I expect during a root canal?
A root canal begins with a local anesthetic to ensure that your experience is pain-free and comfortable. The entire procedure usually takes under two hours and most patients do not require any downtime afterward. Your dentist will remove the inner pulp of the tooth and clean the inside of the tooth to ensure that no decayed or diseased tissue is left behind. To strengthen the tooth and stabilize it, your dentist may recommend a dental crown to cover and protect the tooth. The crowning procedure will probably require a separate appointment.
Root Canal Therapy in Grants Pass, OR
If you have a broken or damaged tooth, a tooth which has become painful or uncomfortable, or a cavity, you may need a root canal. However, your dentist is your best source of information when determining if this is the best treatment for your smile. For more information on root canals or to schedule an examination, please contact Dr. Sten Erickson, Dr. Mart Erickson, and Dr. Rachel Erickson at Erickson Dental Care in Grants Pass, OR. Call (541) 476-3419 to schedule your appointment for an examination with your dentist today!