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Root Canals

It’s the phrase that instills fear into the hearts of most patients: a root canal.

But when you understand what to expect and you have an experienced dentist like Dr. Dyme taking care of you, it may not be as bad as you were thinking.

For most people, their imagination is the worst part of the procedure. Taking care of a painful decayed tooth is less painful than dealing with the problem long-term!

If you’ve been advised that you may need a root canal, here’s what you need to know about the procedure and aftercare.

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Why are Root Canals Needed?

Teeth often decay over time, which is why regular checkups and cleanings are important. When you catch a decayed tooth early enough, it can be fixed with a filling or a cap. But if the decay is allowed to go on for too long, the tooth becomes severely infected, and a root canal is necessary to avoid losing the tooth completely.

Root canal procedures are treatments that remove the exposed nerve and the infected pulp. The inside of the tooth is left open now, and it can be sealed and fixed.

The removal of the nerve prevents the pain that comes from eating something hot or cold. Removing the damaged pulp takes away the place where bacteria multiply, leading to infections and abscesses.

Root canals are never fun, but if you leave an infected or decayed tooth to rot, the tissues around it can also get infected. This is always dangerous and can get deadly. When infections and abscesses spread to the rest of your body, it can turn into sepsis.

Signs You Might Need a Root Canal

Regular checkups with Dr. Dyme can prevent these problems, as he can catch any danger signs before they become serious.

In the meantime, if you notice some of these visible or invisible symptoms, call your dentist as soon as possible to get to the “root” of the problem:

  • Severe pain in your tooth for no apparent reason
  • Tooth pain caused by chewing or other pressure movements
  • Pain or sensitivity to extreme temperatures that goes on for more than a few seconds
  • Abscesses or pimple-like swellings on your gums that don’t go away
  • Swelling your gums around the painful tooth

If you pay attention to your mouth, it speaks to you and warns you there’s a problem. It’s when you ignore it too long that a root canal becomes inevitable.

Prevention is the Key, But Expertise is the Solution

Do you think a root canal could be in your near future but are scared to find out? It’s totally understandable, but putting off dental care only makes the problem worse.

Schedule an appointment at Dyme Dental to find out if a root canal is the only way to get rid of your pain, or if another alternative treatment could be performed first. With our expert professionals, all your questions will be answered and you might be pleasantly surprised at the new techniques offered in dentistry.

Dr. Dyme and his staff are ready to help you, no matter how big or little the problem is. Prevention is the key to overall dental health, but if you have a problem, we have the expert knowledge to give you a solution!

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