Patients in Garland, TX, ask, “Is root canal therapy painful?”
The words “root canal” can send shivers of dread down any person’s spine; however, the discomfort of root canal therapy may often be compared to that of having a filling for a cavity.
Root canal therapy is a procedure that can save or repair a tooth that is decayed or infected. The process involves the removal of the pulp and nerves in the damaged tooth to eliminate the growth of bacteria within the pulp chamber, which can cause infection. Untreated, infection in the root canal can lead to bone loss near the root or drainage through the tooth into a patient’s gums or cheeks. Once the nerves and pulp are removed, the tooth is cleaned and sealed.
Signs or symptoms that may indicate the need for root canal therapy may include:
- Tenderness or swelling of the gums around the tooth
- Toothache and pain when chewing or touching the area
- Extended sensitivity to heat or cold
- Tooth discoloration
- Frequent or prolonged appearance of pimples on the gums
Root canal therapy has been shown to have a 95 percent success rating. In most cases, the treatment is a lifelong solution. Because patients may experience minor discomfort after root canal therapy, it is important to discuss follow up care with an experienced dentist.
At Kings Dental in Garland, TX, Dr. Vidya Suri and our professional team understand the trepidation that some patients may have when considering root canal therapy. Providing sedation dentistry and a gentle touch, Dr. Suri is committed to helping our patients remain comfortable and pain-free during treatment and enjoy their healthier, happier smiles for years to come. Patients at Kings Dental are provided with a comprehensive consultation to discuss the best treatment options. Sedation, such as nitrous oxide, also called “laughing gas, is also addressed. Dr. Suri is an experienced, compassionate, and skilled dentist and a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, Texas Dental Association, and the American Dental Association.
Kings Dental offers a full array of dental care, including emergency, pediatric, cosmetic, and general dentistry for the whole family. Located at 6521 Duck Creek Drive in Garland, TX, our family-friendly staff can schedule an appointment online or by phone at (214) 703-6900.