Do I need a root canal?
Created on July 15, 2021
Patients who are experiencing a problem with their smile may be worried that their dentist may recommend root canal therapy. However, this procedure is nothing to be afraid of! Many myths have made their rounds in regards to root canal therapy being a painful treatment. It is, however, a treatment that is done with proper anesthetics and sedation to relieve patients of pain—not cause it. Drs. David Peck, Pablo Velastegui, and Mahmoud Homsi of My Great Smile in Springfield, MA are dental providers here to bust the myth of painful procedures and educate patients on when root canal therapy may be best for their smiles.
What happens during the root canal procedure?
During root canal treatment, or “endodontic therapy,” the dentist will create an access point to get into the inner canals of the tooth. Then, the dental pulp, a mass of tissues, is removed from the tooth to eliminate the pain and discomfort. This is because the nerves and blood supply of a tooth are in the dental pulp. Once the pulp has been removed and the canals disinfected by the dentist, the area is sealed with gutta percha material and in many cases, a dental crown. The entire procedure can be done in one to two appointments to relieve patients of problems while maintaining the natural tooth in place.
Why might I need root canal therapy?
There are several reasons why a dentist may recommend this treatment. Root canal therapy is performed due to:
- Severe infection
What are signs that might indicate a need for root canal therapy?
- A severe toothache
- Painful biting and chewing
- Darkening tooth
- Hot and cold sensitivity
- A fever
- Inflammation and swelling of the g ums
- Signs of an active infection
By visiting the dentist for an evaluation, a patient can learn more about the procedure they may need to bring their smile back to health and alleviate severe toothaches.
Are you experiencing pain and discomfort?
You may benefit from root canal therapy! Contact the team at My Great Smile to discuss your needs by calling (413) 781-7645 for an appointment. We are conveniently located in Springfield, MA at 41 Taylor Street on the fourth floor and accept new patients and families.