Family Dentistry

I Am Afraid I Might Need a Root Canal; What Should I Do?

July 24, 2019
Posted By: Dr. Suchi Chalasani, DMD
Root Canal Patient | Family Dentistry of Royal Oak

The only way to find out for sure that you might need a root canal is to see the dentist, and we recommend you call our Royal Oak dentist office.

For many, just the mention of the words “root canal” is enough to send them into a panic. Our 48073 dentist, Dr. Suchi Chalasani, would like to waylay your fears. The root canal is a common Clawson, MI dental procedure that is really no worse than getting a filling.

Signs You Might Need a Root Canal

One of the most common signs of needing a root canal is a painful toothache that quickly goes from bad to worse. This is usually a sign that there is an infection deep within the root of the tooth, and it almost always brings people in for an emergency dental appointment at our Royal Oak dental office.

Other signs you might need a root canal may not be as obvious:

  • A small, pimple-like white spot on the gum
  • Gums that are swollen near the affected area
  • A tooth that is suddenly sensitive to heat or cold
  • Pain that occurs when you mite down

What a Root Canal Is

The root of the tooth is made up of tissue, nerves, and blood vessels inside the area of the tooth called the “canal.” When this nerve network is injured, damaged, or infected, it causes pain. Many people associate this pain with the root canal, but it actually has nothing to do with the procedure. In fact, root canal therapy will usually relieve your pain almost immediately.

The root canal procedure is a straightforward one. First, your dentist will drill into the tooth to remove the damaged material and clean out the canal. Then the area is rinsed with antibiotics. Once the canal is thoroughly cleaned, your dentist will seal it to ensure there is no spread of infection to your healthy teeth.

Most patients also benefit from a crown on the treated tooth to strengthen it and to ensure it can withstand the force of chewing.

If you think you might need a root canal, don’t panic! Contact your Clawson, MI top dentist today.

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