Just the term ‘root canal’ often scares people and inflicts images of painful dental procedures. In reality, a root canal is a conservative approach to saving a tooth and is no more painful than having a dental filling placed. With a 95% success rate, a root canal is a smart option to saving a tooth. Our dentists perform root canal therapy in our Fox Lake dental office under local anesthesia.
A root canal is necessary when the tooth’s nerve is affected by decay or damage. The pain associated with a ‘root canal’ is caused by the infection to the tooth’s nerve and not the actual procedure.
Root Canal Symptoms
Some patients experience no symptoms whatsoever, but common symptoms include:
- Severe toothache
- Pain when chewing or biting
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages
- Tooth discoloration
- Sore gums
Benefit to a Root Canal
If you neglect to have the root canal procedure, the nerve of the tooth will eventually be destroyed. While you may still opt to extract the tooth, it is best to keep as many natural teeth as you can, and a root canal makes that possible.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are experiencing root canal symptoms, make an appointment with one of the dentists at Infinity Dental of Fox Lake determine the best form of treatment.