If your tooth is infected and painful, you may need root canal therapy. While many patients dread hearing they need a root canal, the procedure can provide you with relief from your symptoms. In fact, with today’s techniques and technology, root canals are more comfortable and effective than ever.
Why You Need Root Canal Therapy
When you come to our office with pain or swelling, we will perform some diagnostics to determine the cause. It is important to call us right away if you have pain because it rarely goes away on its own and may worsen with time.
An x-ray can often show us if something is wrong with your tooth. Dr. Kikel is experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of root canals. He has additional training and experience in order to better serve our patients. Some of the symptoms he will look for are:
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Facial pain
- An abscess
- A pimple on your gums
- Pain when chewing
After diagnosis, Dr. Kikel will explain your treatment options.
What Is a Root Canal?
When your tooth has an internal infection, we may need to perform root canal therapy to remove the infection and prevent a reoccurrence. Dr. Kikel will start by making sure you are completely numb for the procedure. Then, he will make a small hole in your tooth to gain access to the canals where the infection is.
Once he has access to the inside of your tooth, he will gently and completely clean out the infection, removing all of the bacteria that are causing your pain. Then, he may place additional medication in your tooth in order to prevent future infections.
Finally, Dr. Kikel will seal the access canal and allow you time to heal. You should begin to feel better over the next few days with only some lingering sensitivity that gradually improves. You should feel back to normal in under a week.
Stability and Function
In some cases, Dr. Robert Kikel will recommend a dental crown to stabilize your tooth. Having a root canal can cause your tooth to become brittle, and it may break more easily. If your root canal procedure was on one of your back teeth that absorbs most of the force from chewing, a crown can provide protection, stability, and greater function.
Call Us for an Evaluation
Do you have some of the symptoms of needing a root canal? Call us right away. The faster we treat your condition, the more likely we will be able to save your tooth. Our Colquitt dental office is conveniently located and our team is the best around. We treat hundreds of root canals each year and look forward to restoring your health and comfort.