Imagine the structure of your tooth as similar to that of a candle. When the tooth is damaged from decay or trauma, the nerve becomes infected. That nerve is like the wick of the candle. A root canal procedure is an economical way to save the tooth by removing the damaged “wick.”
Signs that you need a root canal may be subtle or quite noticeable, including:
- Thermal sensitivity (you wince when hot or cold hits that tooth).
- The tooth throbs when you bite on it.
- Spontaneous pain in the tooth – it hurts for no obvious reason.
- Your gum or cheek swells near the tooth.
Platte Valley Dental Care will use a simple, methodical process to permanently repair your tooth and ease your discomfort.
Dr. Blaha and her staff and Platte Valley Dental Care agree that root canals have a bad reputation. They are so often associated with pain and Dr. Blaha believes that is because so many people wait too long once a tooth starts to have symptoms.