Root Canal Therapy
Root canals have received a bad reputation over the years and are often thought of as a painful and lengthy procedure.
However, times have changed and due to modern dentistry, newer techniques, and technology, root canal therapy is now a relatively comfortable experience. Omaha dentist Dr. Amber Allen's warm and caring demeanor also helps to put patients at ease during complex procedures like root canal therapy.
Why Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?
If you have ever had a toothache, you likely understand what a relief it is to receive root canal therapy.
When the inner nerves of your tooth become infected or die, root canal therapy is needed to save the tooth from extraction.
Some signs that mean you may need root canal therapy can be:
- Hot or cold sensitivity
- Pain with biting or pressure
- Dull aches
- A bad smell or taste in your mouth
Sometimes, there are no symptoms at all.
If left untreated, the infection can spread through the roots of the tooth into your jawbone and cause a painful abscess. Dr. Allen can perform tests on a tooth to determine whether this treatment is necessary.
It is important to note that an infected tooth cannot heal without treatment. The pain or other symptoms may go away for some time but will eventually return, and if you delay or decline root canal therapy, oftentimes the only other alternative is removal of the tooth.
Is the Procedure Painful?
These days, most patients are pleasantly surprised at how comfortable a root canal can actually be. In fact, if your tooth is infected and causing you pain, a root canal will eliminate the pain along with the infection.
Dr. Allen relies on the best dental anesthetics to ensure that you don't feel any pain during your procedure, and her extensive experience and skills will help your procedure go efficiently and smoothly. Patients who suffer from fear or anxiety about their dental procedures may benefit from dental sedation, and this is something Dr. Allen is happy to discuss with you prior to your treatment.
Contact Dr. Allen
If you are experiencing pain or sensitivity with your tooth, the best course of action is to contact Dr. Allen right away. If your sensitivity is caused by decay and you are proactive about seeking treatment, sometimes a crown or filling may be able to treat the problem.
If your tooth is causing constant or severe pain, Dr. Allen can assess if root canal therapy is right for your needs.
Remember, don't delay in calling us. The quicker we can assess your needs, the faster you'll be able to feel more comfortable and get back on the path to wellness.