What You Need To Know About Root Canals

May 7, 2018

Smiling female dentist with assistant and scared male patientJust the words “root canal” are enough to strike fear into the hearts of many. We imagine loud drills and pain, but how much of that is actually true? This Root Canal Awareness Week, we’re working to separate the fact from fiction.

What Is A Root Canal?

Untreated cavities, tooth decay, cracks in the tooth, and faulty crowns can all cause the inside of your tooth (called the pulp) to become inflamed. This inflammation can then lead to infection, which when continually left untreated, can cause the tooth to need to be extracted.

Root canals consist of removing the infected pulp, then cleaning and disinfecting the inside of the tooth. Finally, your dentist will fill your tooth with a seal and then cover it with a crown or filling.

Are Root Canals Painful?

Many Americans are nervous about root canals because they’re afraid of the alleged pain. However, because of the inflammation and infection that tooth decay can cause, root canals actually help to eliminate pain.

If you are experiencing severe pain when putting pressure on your teeth, painful bumps on your gums, tooth discoloration, or tooth tenderness, it may be time for a root canal. In fact, most people agree that root canals helped to alleviate the pain from their infected teeth.

Ready For Your Root Canal?

Don’t suffer needlessly from infected teeth. If you’re experiencing severe discomfort, spare yourself the pain. Call our office at 303-515-7008 and schedule your procedure so you can start feeling like yourself again.