What Are the Signs of Needing a Root Canal? (Endodontic Treatment?)
- Posted on: Nov 15 2019
Patients who have an extreme toothache may be worried about the dental treatment they require to address the pain and discomfort. This can sometimes cause patients to continually put off visiting the dentist. However, Dr. David S. Frey of Beverly Hills, CA encourages patients to request an appointment with their dentist when they are faced with troubles such as this as they may require specialized treatment.
What is a root canal?
When a tooth has experienced infection or disease, it may result in the development of a toothache. This issue is often relieved with root canal therapy, or “endodontic treatment.” Patient often think negative thoughts of root canals because they have a fear of the procedure being painful. However, the truth is quite the opposite. Root canal therapy is performed with local aesthetics and appropriate levels of sedation for the patient to ensure the procedure is painless. Additionally, it is used to alleviate pain, not cause it. While it is true that there may be some discomfort following the procedure, as with any oral surgery, it is beneficial in the long-run as it saves the natural tooth from requiring extraction.
What are the signs of needing a root canal?
The most common indication that a root canal is needed is pain and sensitivity of a single tooth. Patients who visit their dentist undergo an evaluation, in which x-rays are performed to examine the smile and determine what the cause of the problem is. This is the only way to truly know if endodontic therapy is necessary for solving the dental problem.
What is the alternative to root canal therapy?
If patients decide not to have root canal therapy performed, or if the damage is far more expansive than the patient and dentist realize, the only alternative is extraction of the natural tooth. Otherwise, root canal therapy can often save the natural tooth structure and eliminate the need for extraction and replacement.
Do you believe you are in need of endodontic treatment?
Visit with Dr. David S. Frey in the Beverly Hills, CA area by scheduling a consultation at 462 North Linden Drive, Ste. 414. Our practice can be reached by phone at (310) 276-4537 and accepts new patients from the surrounding community.
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