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When Is a Root Canal Necessary?

dental patient undergoing root canal therapy

When it comes to dental procedures, root canals have a bad reputation. Many people put them off because of fear. The truth is that root canals today are essentially painless. Most importantly, they relieve tooth pain and save your natural tooth. When is this procedure necessary?

When Are Root Canals Needed?

Root canal therapy is necessary when the soft tissue inside your tooth, known as the pulp, becomes infected. Infection can occur for a few reasons, including bad decay and inflammation. Injuring your tooth in some way can trigger infection, as well. Infections in the tooth pulp cause significant pain and other symptoms such as swollen gums, tooth sensitivity, and even fever. Ignoring an infection can have serious consequences. To save the tooth and prevent infection from spreading, root canals are usually the best treatment.

What’s the Root Canal Process?

Dr. Gupta and the team are committed to making the root canal therapy as comfortable as possible. The area around the tooth is numbed first, so you don’t feel pain. We’ll then remove the infected pulp with special tools and clean the inside of the tooth. The area is sealed with a filling or crown. Before you leave, you’ll receive instructions on aftercare, so your recovery is quick.

We prefer root canal therapy over tooth extractions the majority of the time. Healing from a pulled tooth takes much longer and there’s the matter of replacing the tooth. Root canals let us save your smile.

Experiencing Tooth Infection Symptoms?

If you’re feeling tooth pain or other symptoms, don’t wait to come into Graton Dental Care. If you need a root canal, the procedure will instantly relieve your pain and get you back to your normal life. Contact us today if you have any questions or want to book an appointment at our Grafton office location!

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