You could probably make a strong argument claiming that root canal therapy, which is often referred to as endodontic therapy, is the most dreaded dental procedure there is. Sadly, even mentioning root canal therapy can make most people extremely uncomfortable.
However, there are a few things you should probably know about this important procedure. You see, thanks to modern techniques, root canal therapy is virtually painless. In fact, many patients who have had root canal therapy and have had a cavity filled say the two are very comparable in terms of discomfort.
You see, your teeth are incapable of repairing themselves like the rest of your body. If the center of your tooth is damaged, a dentist will likely need to perform root canal therapy. Root canal therapy, which is used to treat common issues such as trauma or tooth decay, involves removing infections from the center of your tooth.
You may be able to recognize a few of the symptoms of a damaged root canal. These include experiencing pain when you bite down, having red or swollen gum around a tooth, or experiencing sudden sensitivity to hot and cold. Still, the only way to definitively know that you need root canal therapy is to visit a dental professional. This is another reason we recommend visiting our team at least every six months.
Please don’t hesitate to contact our team at Morrison Dental Group by calling us at 804-639-7500 if you would like to learn more about root canal therapy. We’ll be happy to examine your mouth and offer you any personalized advice you need. Our entire team, including our dentist, Dr. Robert Morrison, and our team look forward to meeting with you!