Root Canal Treatment

Many patients prefer to avoid root canal therapy because of the many outdated myths about how lengthy and uncomfortable they can be. At Young General Dental, we perform root canals efficiently and painlessly, giving our patients much-needed relief that saves your tooth from extraction.

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

Root canal treatment becomes necessary for a few main reasons:

  • Trauma to the tooth or supporting bone
  • Infection in the tooth or near the root
  • Periodontal disease
  • Deep decay
  • Chronic teeth grinding

Dr. Trung Phan will take x-rays and perform additional tests to determine if root canal treatment can save your tooth. 

What Are the Symptoms of an Infection?

Most patients first realize that something is wrong when pain develops. A toothache often begins as sensitivity to heat or cold and can progress rapidly into throbbing pain that makes it difficult to concentrate or sleep.

Other signs include:

  • Tooth discoloration
  • A small pimple on the gums
  • Swelling
  • A bad taste in the mouth

If you have any of these symptoms, we encourage you to call our Des Moines dental office as soon as possible for a root canal evaluation.

What Happens During a Root Canal?

Many people are anxious about their root canal procedure, but you don’t have to be! Dr. Phan prioritizes comfort and will completely anesthetize the area before getting started. Once your tooth is numb, your root canal will feel like a common filling. You will likely feel significant relief thanks to reducing the inflammation and eliminating the infection.

The root canal process will require Dr. Phan to make a small access point in the tooth to clean out bacteria, infection, and diseased tissue. He will then fill the canal with medication and seal the tooth with a temporary filling while your body continues to heal.

What Happens after Root Canal Therapy?

It’s normal to feel some residual sensitivity for a few days after your procedure, but you should feel gradually better until the pain from the infection is a distant memory.

In a week or two, we will invite you back to the dental office to check healing and place a permanent restoration – usually a crown – which will prevent the tooth from fractures. Unlike a filling, dental crowns encase the entire tooth, which is particularly helpful in root canal teeth because they tend to become brittle.

Root canals save teeth and prevent the need for an extraction. Keeping your natural teeth is often the preferred and most conservative way to protect your smile.

Contact Us to Learn More about Root Canals

If you have swelling or tooth pain and need help, contact Young General Dental to arrange an appointment. We look forward to helping you have a healthy and comfortable smile.