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We’ve compiled a list of the questions we hear the most often. Go ahead and see if your question is answered here. If so, great! If not, give us a call or send us an email using our convenient online form on the Contact page. We’ll get back to you right away.
Endodontics (Root Canals)
Receiving the news that you need root canal therapy is never great. However, if Dr. King has diagnosed a root canal for you, it is likely that your tooth has sustained trauma, a fracture, or infection, and diseased tissue needs to be removed from inside your tooth to preserve it. It is also likely that you are in pain, and believe it or not, root canal therapy will relieve your discomfort. If you don't remove the infected tissue from your tooth, it can progress and spread to other areas of your body, neighboring teeth, and it will likely result in tooth loss.
Root Canal Are Not Painful
You might have heard in the past that root canals are painful. The truth is, Dr. King will numb your tooth with a dental anesthetic that is going to relieve your pain immediately. He has performed hundreds of root canals in Huntsville, AL, so you can rest assured that he is very gentle, highly skilled and that your procedure will proceed smoothly.
It is normal to feel mild discomfort the first few days after your procedure, but it should be nothing as intense as the pain your infection caused.
Dr. King will also recommend that you strengthen your tooth with a permanent filling or crown after it has healed to make sure that you can eat and chew with ease. Contact King Dental today if you have any additional questions about root canal therapy.
Because people have associated root canal therapy with discomfort in the past, there is a common myth the procedure is painful. The truth is that a root canal actually relieves pain and eliminates the infection in your tooth, which is the real source of your discomfort.
Unfortunately, root canal therapy in Huntsville, AL is typically recommended when you are already in pain, hence the association. Dr. King may suggest a root canal in these cases:
- A tooth that has sustained trauma that is affecting the nerve
- When decay has reached the nerve of the tooth
- When a tooth is cracked or fractured to the root resulting in an infection
Telltale Signs You Need a Root Canal
- Pain or discomfort when biting or chewing
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- A constant toothache that doesn't respond to over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen
- Dark discoloration in your tooth
- Swelling in your gums around the infected tooth
If Dr. King recommends root canal therapy for you, rest assured that your comfort is our top priority. Dr. King is gentle and highly skilled, and he utilizes the most effective dental anesthetics to ensure that you don't feel anything during your root canal procedure. Call our office to learn more!
Root canals are often thought of as a painful dental treatment, but the truth is that people are usually associating the pain of the condition that makes the root canal necessary with the treatment itself.
The Root Canal Procedure
Your comfort is one of our top priorities, and we will take all possible precautions to make sure that your treatment doesn’t hurt. Before we begin your procedure, we’ll make sure that you are completely numb. You may feel some pressure, but you shouldn’t experience any pain.
After your treatment, once the anesthetic has worn off, you may feel some discomfort, although this is still usually a huge improvement over the pain you were feeling before your treatment. This lingering discomfort is a result of the inflammation that occurs as your immune system tries to fight off the infection. Once your immune system gets the message that the infection is gone, you will feel much better. Dr. King can discuss pain control options if needed. Contact our office today to get started.