January 23, 2017
Pistachios have always been your favorite snack. They’re salty, savory, good for heart health, and famously green. To get through the afternoon slump one day, you take a bite of your snack of choice only to feel excruciating pain in the right side of your mouth, all the way in the back. The pain only gets worse throughout the next few weeks. What could be wrong? How could your favorite snack turn against you like this? And, will fixing the problem hurt worse than the pain you’re already experiencing? Dr. Christopher Pollard and Dr. Bhavita Patel, dentists in Plano, TX with over 40 years combined experience, know exactly what’s wrong: you have a badly hurt tooth and you need a root canal. But wait – won’t this hurt a lot more than you what you’re already feeling?
Myth – Root Canal Therapy is Painful
Dr. Pollard and Dr. Patel frequently hear from patients that they are afraid that root canal therapy will hurt more than the pain in the tooth itself. The truth is, the pain you’re experiencing is from the infected tooth itself, NOT from root canal therapy. What happens is that the pulp of the tooth becomes infected after a large fracture in the tooth or a severe cavity – this infection is what causes the discomfort. All in all, root canal therapy should cure the pain you’re in, not cause more! And, if you’re working with the team at Dental Renaissance, your pain will melt away as soon as the procedure is done, giving a feeling of immediate relief.
How Do I Know If I Need Root Canal Therapy?
It’s important to know if you need a root canal done. But, since you’re not a dentist, how can you know for sure? Some of the key signs of needing root canal therapy include:
- Significant tooth pain when chewing or even touching the area
- Major tooth sensitivity to temperature
- Inflamed or numb gums around the problem tooth
- Tooth color darkening over time
Since staying on top of your dental health is important to preserve your natural teeth, scheduling an appointment with Dental Renaissance as soon as these symptoms manifest is crucial.
Sadly, many patients don’t reach out until their natural tooth can be saved. So, if you’re experiencing anything mentioned above, reach out to Dr. Pollard and Dr. Patel right away!
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Since you now know you need a root canal, you’re probably wondering, what the heck a root canal actually is…sure, you’ve heard the term before, but what does it all entail?
During root canal therapy, Dr. Pollard or Dr. Patel will remove the infected pulp (curing the pain), fill the canal of the tooth with a safe, ADA approved substance, and then seal the area to ensure the infection does not reoccur. This straightforward, common procedure can normally be completed in one visit. Root canal therapy can save your natural tooth and avoid the need for having the tooth removed completely in the future.
At Dental Renaissance, Drs. Patel and Pollard use their dental know-how, pleasant bedside manner, and years of experience to provide a quality root canal in Plano, TX. If you’re in the area and need root canal therapy, schedule an appointment with Dental Renaissance today!
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