Each of your teeth has a hard outer layer called enamel, an inner layer called dentin, and soft tissue inside, known as pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerves, which helped the tooth grow when you were a child. When the pulp becomes infected, undergoing a root canal is necessary to remove it and preserve the full functioning of your tooth. Stuart Dentist offers root canals in Stuart, FL, as one of our primary services.
A Root Canal is No More Uncomfortable Than Any Other Dental Procedure
Maybe you know you need a root canal but have avoided it because you heard the procedure was painful. You receive anesthesia at the beginning of the procedure, and Dr. Panchal or Dr. Cogan always make sure their patients are comfortable before proceeding any further. The treated tooth may feel sore for a few days after a root canal, but that is completely normal.
After providing you with anesthesia, your dentist drills a small hole in the side of your tooth and uses a special dental instrument to remove the infected pulp. You then receive a crown on top of the treated tooth to prevent it from developing another infection in the future.
Symptoms That Indicate You May Need a Root Canal
The most common reasons for needing a root canal include problems with a previous filling, an infection, or a cracked tooth. Typical symptoms include:
- Chipped or cracked tooth
- Darkening of the gums
- Deep decay of a tooth
- Pimple-like bumps on your gums
- Sensitivity to hot or cold food or beverages, even after you have stopped consuming them
- Significant pain when biting or chewing your food
- Tender or swollen gums
We encourage you to schedule an appointment for a root canal in Stuart, FL as soon as possible if you notice any of the symptoms listed above.