We understand that fears about root canals may prevent you from seeking emergency dental care, even if you are in severe pain. Unfortunately, a tooth infection that isn’t addressed promptly will likely worsen, and if we don’t treat it, we would likely have to remove the tooth.
Root Canals Relieve Pain
Root canals have a terrible reputation, but it isn’t the procedure that most patients remember; it is the excruciating pain of the tooth infection leading up to the procedure that stays with them.
The truth is that root canals don’t cause pain; they relieve it. You arrive at your dentist’s office with a throbbing toothache, they numb your mouth, and the pain disappears. You may experience soreness a day or two after root canal therapy, but the painful infection and toothache are gone for good.
Why We Recommend Root Canals
The inside of your tooth is called the pulp chamber, and it contains blood vessels, nerves, and tissue that keeps the tooth healthy and alive. Pulp is normally well-protected until bacteria enter through a deep cavity, fracture, or trauma to the tooth.
When this happens, you develop an infection or abscess that can be quite painful because it’s so close to the tooth’s nerves. A root canal is a procedure our dentist uses to access the inside of your tooth and remove the infected pulp.
Signs You Might Need a Root Canal
Some symptoms of a tooth infection to watch out for are:
- Severe tooth or pain
- Jaw pain or swelling
- Extreme sensitivity to touch and temperature
- A raised bump or whitish “pimple” on the gums
- Puffy, swollen, or inflamed gums
- A foul taste and odor in your mouth
If you experience any of these, call us right away. An infected tooth is a serious dental emergency that requires prompt treatment to prevent the infection from spreading and becoming deadly.
A Stress-Free, Pain-Free Root Canal
With that being said, we understand that you may still be apprehensive about having a root canal. Rest assured our caring and compassionate dental team goes above and beyond to ensure you have a comfortable, pain-free experience.
We use strong local anesthetics that completely numb your tooth, and you may feel some pressure during the procedure but no pain. If you would like the added relaxation of nitrous oxide sedation, just let us know at the beginning of your appointment!
For the dentist, a root canal is a straightforward procedure. When your tooth is numb, Dr. Ko opens a tiny hole to efficiently remove the infected pulp with specialized technology called rotary endodontics. Then he fills the hollowed-out pulp chamber with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha, seals the tooth, and places a temporary filling on it.
Placing Your Filling or Dental Crown on Your Tooth
We allow two weeks for the tooth to heal and recover, then have you return to our Puyallup dental office. At that time, you and Dr. Ko can discuss whether a crown or filling is the best solution to protect the tooth.
Don’t Delay Root Canal Treatment—We Can Help You!
Don't endure the agonizing pain that often accompanies an infected or abscessed tooth. Call 12 Dentistry to schedule an emergency dental appointment with Dr. Ko to get the pain-relieving root canal treatment you need.