Root Canals are Nothing to Fear
Your upcoming dental procedure may have you nervous, but it doesn’t have to.
The minute you heard one of our Cincinnati, OH dentists, Dr. Ron Solomon and Dr. Angela Burleson-Ott, mention needing a root canal, did you immediately cringe? It’s okay; there have been a lot of cruel jokes made about root canals, so you may not be sure what to believe, but that’s why we are here. Our goal is to make you understand that while root canals may have a reputation it may actually not be true.
It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene and to see us every six months for routine exams to make sure that you minimize how often you need dental treatments. Of course, if you need to get a root canal in Cincinnati, here’s the truth--getting a root canal is no more uncomfortable or invasive than getting a tooth filled. Plus, a root canal can actually preserve the tooth and prevent it from needing to be extracted in the future. Not sounding so bad after all, is it?
Your Cincinnati general dentist may have recommended that you get a root canal if during your last routine exam we noticed significant decay, trauma or an infection that may have already reached the inside of the tooth. Once the dental pulp inside the tooth has been infected or inflamed, it’s time it was removed.
Some of the signs that you may be dealing with a root canal infection include:
- Swelling or tenderness around the affected tooth
- Toothache (particularly when chewing)
- Abscess (pimple-like growth on the gums)
- Redness of the gums
- Bad breath
- Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold
While any of these symptoms, particularly tooth pain, can be caused by many different problems, it’s important that you schedule an appointment with our Cincinnati dental office as soon as possible to get the treatment your smile needs before the issue wreaks irreparable havoc on your oral health. The sooner you seek treatment, the better.
And if this didn’t assuage your fears, also know that root canals are performed under local anesthesia, to minimize any discomfort you may feel during your procedure. A local anesthesia will help numb the area and make sure that you don’t feel any pain. Plus, if you are already coming in with an infected tooth chances are good you are dealing with a significant amount of pain. Fortunately, root canals are designed to take that pain away fast!
Cornerstone Dental Group in Cincinnati, OH is here to make sure that your smile stays healthy and happy. If you are experiencing the beginning signs of a dental problem then it’s time you called our office today!