Root Canal Therapy
in Murfreesboro, TN
Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is a common dental procedure that is performed to save a damaged or infected tooth. While the procedure is generally safe and effective, many patients are apprehensive about it and have questions about the symptoms, pain, and necessity of root canal therapy. Need to schedule a root canal treatment with an experienced Murfreesboro dentist? Contact our office today to schedule your next visit with Dr. Costello and the Salem Creek Family Dental team.Contact Us
How will I know if I need root canal therapy?
Common symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal include persistent pain or sensitivity in the affected tooth, swelling or tenderness in the surrounding gum tissue, and discoloration or darkening of the tooth. In some cases, there may be no symptoms at all, which is why we always recommend that patients schedule routine visits with our team to have their teeth and gums assessed by a dental professional on a regular basis.
Are root canals painful?
Despite the perception that root canals are painful, the truth is that the procedure is typically no more uncomfortable than having a filling placed. In fact, most patients report feeling little to no pain during the procedure, thanks to the use of local anesthesia to numb the area. Our office also provides dental sedation, which can help make your experience in the dental chair far more pleasant and relaxed. Any discomfort or sensitivity post-treatment can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medications and should resolve within a few days.
Are root canals really necessary?
Whether or not you need a root canal depends on the specific circumstances of your unique situation. Our team will typically recommend a root canal if a tooth is severely damaged or infected, and other treatments, such as fillings or crowns, are not sufficient to save the tooth. It is important to note that delaying or avoiding a recommended root canal can lead to further damage or infection, which can ultimately result in tooth loss. In addition, untreated dental infections can spread to other parts of the body and cause additional, serious consequences.
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