By Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
February 08, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental pain   root canal  

If you are experiencing dental pain then you may just need a root canal.

Perhaps you’ve never had a root canal before but chances are good you’ve heard of one. But before you panic don’t believe everything tooth painyou hear! Root canals get a bad rap but they are really just as simple as getting a tooth filled by your Marion family dentist Dr. Wayne Cook. Find out when it’s time to come into our office and why a root canal may be recommended.

Why is a root canal treatment needed?

Your Marion, AR dentist will recommend this endodontic treatment when the inside of the tooth, also known as the pulp, has become inflamed or infected. The tooth’s pulp is responsible for responding to temperature and pain. When inflammation or infection hits this inner structure of the tooth this will typically cause some pain and discomfort.

Dental trauma or severe decay is usually the cause of an inflamed or infected dental pulp.

What are the common symptoms of a root canal infection?

The symptoms will vary from person to person and will depend on the cause. Some standard signs of infection include:

  • Sharp, sudden and severe pain
  • Pain that appears when chewing or biting down
  • Dental pain that stays after eating hot or cold foods
  • Tenderness and/or swelling of the gums near the infected tooth

How will a root canal alleviate my dental pain?

The purpose of this treatment is to save your tooth and to prevent further damage. We will first administer a local anesthesia to reduce any procedural discomfort. Many people believe that root canals are painful but this is a common fallacy and actually quite the opposite. A root canal is designed to remove the infected dental pulp from the tooth to eliminate your pain.

Once inside the tooth we will remove the diseased tissue and then begin disinfecting the root canals. A special material is used to fill the canals to prevent further infection and then special adhesive cement is used to seal up the top of the tooth. Most of the time a dental crown is placed over the tooth to restore full strength and resilience back into the tooth to prevent further damage.

Have questions about your upcoming procedure? Currently dealing with tooth pain? Then it’s definitely time you called our Marion dental office right away. We are here to ensure that you have a healthy smile for the long-term.

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Marion, AR Family Dentist
Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
303 Bancario Rd.Suite 7
Marion, AR 72364
870-739-8799
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