We’ve all heard horror stories about the dreaded root canal, but the truth is you have very little to worry about. Root canals are used to stop infections in their tracks and eliminate pain rather than cause it. At Dental Wellness of Milford, we lend our caring and gentle approach to dentistry to root canal therapy.Contact Us
A root canal is an endodontic treatment (meaning that it treats the center of a tooth) to remove the infected pulp from the inside of a tooth. The pulp is a bundle of tissues, blood vessels, and nerves. Although you need the pulp to help teeth develop, once it’s fully grown, teeth no longer need the pulp, so it’s safe to remove.
Root canals are most often used for infections caused by tooth decay, but they might also be necessary for a cracked tooth. Only a dentist can diagnose the need for a root canal, so you might want to make an appointment if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
You’ll be glad to know that modern medical technology has made root canals no more painful than regular dental procedures like getting a filling. Dentists will use a localized anesthetic so that you won’t feel the pain during the treatment. However, you might experience some tenderness for multiple days after the procedure, which can be quickly addressed with anti-inflammatories or over-the-counter pain killers.
If you live with lingering tooth pain and sensitivity, it’s time to visit Dental Wellness of Milford to nip the infection in the bud. Call us today to make your first appointment.