Root canal treatment (RCT) is generally not painful. This common dental procedure does a great job of resolving conditions, such as an infection inside a tooth. It provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms.
Additionally, RCT restores and preserves the damaged tooth by avoiding its extraction or removal. Our team at Absolute Dental Care in Nixa, Missouri, is glad to provide the truth about this misunderstood therapy.
Each tooth is a sum of its parts. Root canals run from the bottom of the tooth, the root tips, to the pulp chamber above the gumline. Nerves extend through these canals, which is why deep damage to the pulp is often associated with severe pain. By removing the nerves and other inflamed and infected tissues, the source of the pain is no longer present. You can sleep soundly through the night and eat comfortably and painlessly.
Oral conditions are generally progressive. They often produce little to no pain and other changes in their early stages. By the time symptoms like sensitivity, pain, swelling, and bleeding are present, irreversible damage may have been done. RCT may be needed to “save” the tooth and to avoid the need for extraction and costly tooth replacement.
Without prompt and proper treatment, you may develop a severe bacterial infection (or “abscess”). Seek treatment immediately if you have:
Abscesses can spread to other parts of the body. They can trigger a chain of events that leads to a whole-body infection (sepsis). This is a medical emergency. Again, do not ignore any concerning changes. We are here for you with trusted restorative and emergency dental care.
Generally, RCT is like a deep cleaning for the inside of the tooth. After removing all the damaged tissues and infection, we restore the tooth to its strong structure, health, and attractive appearance.