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The Myth of Root Canal Pain

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When a tooth has been badly decayed or infected, the best way to treat it is often a root canal. Despite its painful reputation, root canal pain is a major myth because a root canal lessens pain instead of leading to it. Learn the truth about this treatment and discover the difference it makes.

5 Signs That You May Need a Root Canal

Some people experience throbbing pain around a tooth, while others don’t have any aches at all. Yet the most five common symptoms include:

  1. Extreme pain when chewing or putting pressure on the tooth
  2. Swelling, redness, and tenderness in the gums around the tooth
  3. Severe sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  4. Discolored tooth
  5. A pimple on the gums that’s recurrent

The Root Canal Procedure

Root canals are common treatments that can soothe and solve the problem of a decayed or infected tooth. The procedure involves removing the inflamed nerve and pulp in the tooth to prevent any infection from spreading to nearby areas.

Dentists often perform root canals, but your case may demand a specialist called an endodontist. Your dentist can recommend an affordable dental care expert in endodontics in Westland. You can expect the following:

  • An x-ray is taken to determine the shape of the canals and any infection.
  • The area may be numbed with local anesthesia.
  • A rubber dam is placed around the tooth to keep the area free from saliva.
  • A hole is drilled into the tooth to allow the pulp, nerve, and decayed tissue to be accessed and removed.
  • The tooth is cleaned out to remove all decay and debris.
  • The tooth is sealed either immediately or given a temporary filling to allow for a week of healing time.
  • A filling is placed over tooth to cover the original access hole.

Recovering After Having a Root Canal

The root canal is painless, but any post-root canal pain can be eased with over-the-counter pain medications. The tooth may feel sensitive for a few days after treatment, but most patients return to their normal activities the very next day. You should continue to brush and floss as always. If you are given a temporary filling, avoid putting pressure on that tooth until the final filling is placed.

Cost of a Root Canal

Root canals are often covered by insurance, but it depends on your coverage and the severity of the problem. Talk to your dentist about your options, including specialists in endodontics in GEIOD who offer affordable dental care.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Westland, call Gentle Dental of Westland today at (734) 329-5284 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Westland. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Westland, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Westland.

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