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Root Canal Therapy

Man Receiving Root Canal from Dentist

Root canal therapy can save a damaged or decayed tooth and ease the pain of toothache and infection. Many patients have misconceptions about root canals and believe that the procedure is painful. This is simply not true. A root canal is a common dental procedure that’s typically no more uncomfortable than getting a filling. Greg DeVor, DDS, and our experienced team provide gentle dental care and strive to help all our patients feel at ease in the dentist’s chair. We are happy to explain the root canal procedure, address any questions or concerns you may have and ensure you stay comfortable throughout your visit.

Signs That You May Need A Root Canal

A root canal may be necessary when a tooth has sustained trauma or is deeply decayed, cracked, infected or damaged. Symptoms that indicate you may require a root canal include:

  • Lingering pain when eating or drinking hot or cold food and beverages
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity, especially when tapping or putting pressure on a tooth
  • Pain while eating or biting down
  • Throbbing pain or waking up at night with a severe toothache or headache
  • Pain that radiates from one area of the mouth to another
  • Pain, swelling and tenderness of the gums and cheek
  • An abscess on your gum that oozes blood or pus
  • Darkening of the tooth

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s vital to see your dentist right away. When left untreated, infection can spread, leading to tooth loss and serious, even fatal health conditions. It’s also important to keep in mind that these symptoms can be indicative of other issues like gum disease, TMD, allergies and sinus problems, so it is best to see Dr. DeVor so he can do a thorough examination and assess your condition accurately.

The Root Canal Procedure

First, we take an X-ray to inspect the shape of the tooth’s canals and detect infection in the surrounding bone. Before he begins the procedure, Dr. DeVor will numb the area with a local anesthetic. Once the area is numb, a hole is drilled in the tooth and the damaged pulp, bacteria and debris are removed. The canals are then cleaned and disinfected. An antibacterial medication may also be placed in the canals, and a temporary filling will be placed. In some cases, it may take more than one visit to complete your root canal to ensure treatment is effective. Removal of the nerves in your tooth decreases blood flow, which causes your tooth to become brittle. In most cases, after your tooth has healed, Dr. DeVor will restore your tooth with a crown to protect it from breaking or becoming damaged.

What To Expect After A Root Canal

For the first few days after your root canal procedure, you may have some soreness and sensitivity but fairly quick relief from severe toothache pain. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medications such as ibuprofen can help ease discomfort and inflammation. You should be able to return to your normal activities the next day, but make sure to be careful and treat your tooth with care until Dr. DeVor places your permanent crown. Try not to chew on the tooth that recently received a root canal, and stay away from sticky or crunchy foods. Continue practicing a proper oral hygiene routine that includes brushing and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash twice a day and flossing once a day. Keeping your mouth clean can prevent infection from returning.

Contact Us To Learn More About Root Canal Treatment

Greg DeVor, DDS, and our compassionate dental team are dedicated to helping patients restore and maintain their oral health. If you are suffering from dental pain, getting proper treatment can ease your discomfort and help you avoid more costly problems down the road. To learn more about root canal therapy and the other services we offer, contact us online or call 216-221-1438 today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving your family’s dental care needs.