The Truth About Endodontic Treatment: Painless, Fast, and Safe Way to Preserve Natural Teeth
Have you been told you need a root canal to save your tooth? There is no need to be anxious. Unlike popular misconceptions, root canals are relatively quick and straightforward. Instead of inflicting pain, this treatment relieves tooth pain, stops infection, and saves a tooth that would otherwise have been lost.
At Swan Dental in Tucson, Arizona, we regularly perform root canals. This treatment is as familiar to us as installing a cavity filling. Endodontic therapy has a success rate of over 95%, and most of our patients leave our dental office with excellent results that last a lifetime.
Signs That You May Need a Root Canal
What’s inside your tooth? Behind the enamel lies the dentin, which occupies most of your tooth. At the center of the tooth is the pulp chamber, which contains nerves, blood vessels, and other connective tissues extending to the center of the tooth and the roots. Tooth sensitivity may be the first symptom of infections and inflammation in your pulp chamber. Other symptoms of an infected tooth include:
- Swollen gums
- Severe toothache
- Tooth discoloration
- Pimples on your gums
- A visibly broken or fractured tooth
If you notice any of the above signs, please book an appointment with Dr. Colby Echols for diagnosis and treatment. Even if you had tooth pain and suddenly the pain dies down, you still need to see a dentist. When you no longer feel anything, it doesn’t mean that the tooth has improved. The probable reason is that the tooth has died and eventually will fall out when left untreated.
The Root Canal Treatment is Virtually Painless
Endodontic therapy aims to remove the diseased tissue to stop the infection. Flushing out the infected pulp tissue can only be done by “getting inside” your tooth. Before treatment, you receive an anesthesia shot—for many patients, the worst is now over. However, you can talk to Dr. Echols about sedation dentistry options if you have dental anxiety. As you can see, a root canal is no more painful than a cavity filling, thanks to modern anesthetics and technological advancements.
Once you are comfortable, the dentist makes a small opening at the top of the tooth. Next, we remove the dead and infected tissues and clean and disinfect the pulp chamber thoroughly to remove harmful bacteria. Lastly, we fill the root canals with gutta-percha and place a temporary filling as you wait to restore your tooth with a natural-looking dental crown.
We Offer Root Canal Services to Save Your Smile
Are you avoiding root canal treatment because of the myths you have heard? You don’t have to—root canals aren’t painful. In fact, they relieve the discomfort of that infected tooth. Ready for gentle yet effective root canal services in Tucson, Arizona? Please dial (520) 595-3655 to book an appointment with Swan Dental.
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