By Design a Smile
September 24, 2019
Category: Oral Health

Finding out that you need a root canal isn’t the best news you could get; however, it is pretty good that you keep up with your dental checkups so that our Miami family dentists Dr. Richard Romay, Dr. Martha Barrera, and Dr. Isis Sosa were able to catch the problem quickly. Having questions before getting any dental treatment is normal. Here are some of the top questions asked.

What is a root canal?

A root canal refers to small passages that branch out from the inside of the tooth to the tooth roots. Within the tooth you’ll find a dental pulp, a structure made from tissue, blood vessels, and nerves.

What is the purpose of root canal treatment?

Our Miami dentist will recommend root canal therapy when the dental pulp has become inflamed or infected. This happens when bacteria is able to get inside the tooth. This can occur as a result of severe decay, damage to the tooth (e.g. fracture), or traumatic injury/impact.

What are the warning signs that I might need root canal treatment?

When a root canal becomes infected the most obvious warning sign is a toothache. The pain is usually severe and may get worse when chewing or putting pressure on the tooth. It’s also common for the affected tooth to become sensitive to hot or cold (this is particularly common for teeth that are cracked or broken). If left untreated, the tooth will darken (this is a sign that the tissue inside the tooth has died). The gums around the tooth may also be red and swollen. A toothache alone isn't a dental emergency, so be sure to see your Miami dentist immediately.

Does getting a root canal hurt?

Contrary to what you might think, the purpose of a root canal is to actually treat the source of your pain not cause you pain. One thing that tends to put people at ease is to know that a root canal is no more invasive a procedure than getting a tooth filled. We will first numb the area around the tooth and the treatment process usually takes about 90 minutes.

Design a Smile has two offices in Miami, FL, providing comprehensive dental care to patients of all ages. If you are dealing with a toothache or other dental problems, call our office right away.