Misconceptions about Root Canals
Root canal therapy is one of the more commonly feared procedures in dentistry - often next to extractions. However, it's a fairly routine procedure performed to preserve a tooth - and to actually relieve pain.
So, the discomfort/signs leading up to a root canal may include:
* sensitivity to hot and cold
* swelling, inflammation
* pimple-like growth on the gums which feels tender (called an "abscess")
* discolouration of tooth
* a deep cavity or crack, close to the nerve
* trauma to the tooth (e.g. getting hit in the face)
In a root canal procedure, the painful, infected pulp is removed, patched up and usually topped off with a crown (and usually in multiple appointments). It allows you to keep the tooth, keep your smile, and keep your jaw bone from shrinking. You may still feel a bit sensitive afterwards (as the area was worked on), but it should pass in about a week or so.