July 11, 2017
Enjoying a great day out and having ice cream with your family can rapidly turn into your worst day when you start to experience dental pain and sensitivity. Beware -this slight sensitivity to cold foods and beverages may seem like no big deal now, however if you ignore your symptoms it can progress into a bigger problem. When you experience this type of pain it’s an indicator that your tooth is decayed or fractured, and it may be affecting the root of your tooth. Dr. Richard Lewis and his team are here to discuss why you may need a root canal in Burlington.
What is a Root Canal?
When the tissue inside your tooth becomes decayed, injured, or infected, our doctors will remove it through a small access hole in the top of your tooth, this is known as root canal therapy. Once we’re sure the infection is cleaned out we’ll seal your tooth with a temporary filling, and allow it time to heal. After the appropriate healing time, we’ll need to restore your tooth with a permanent filling or dental crown to strengthen it once again.
Does Root Canal Therapy Hurt?
Root canals are one of the most misunderstood dental procedures because many patients associate them with pain. Did you know that it’s the infection that is actually causing your pain? Root canal therapy relieves your pain and preserves your natural tooth structure.
Dental anesthetics will ensure that you don’t feel anything during your procedure, and will immediately eliminate your pain. Our kind, gentle, and experienced doctors will perform root canal therapy in the most comfortable and efficient manner for you, and most patients are pleasantly surprised at how easy and smooth their procedure is.
Avoid Root Canal Therapy
Did you know that many root canal procedures could be successfully avoided? Remember that sensitivity you felt when you ate your ice cream? When you first encounter sensitivity, that is the time to contact Dr. Lewis. He can diagnose what’s happening with your tooth, and if the cause is decay or a fracture, a less invasive treatment procedure such as a crown or dental filling may be able to handle the problem.
Visiting Dr. Lewis and his team regularly for dental cleanings and checkups can also help you avoid costly treatment procedures because we detect these issues early on. We encourage you to be proactive about your oral health. Contact our office today to schedule your next appointment.
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