If the idea of having root canal therapy strikes fear in your heart, relax!
Dr. Jaros wants to ensure her patients from throughout the Austin, TX, area that having a root canal is an extremely common procedure and, thanks to modern dental techniques, is no more uncomfortable for the patient than any other dental procedure.
In fact, root canal therapy is often the only way to save a badly damaged tooth.
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Do You Need Root Canal Therapy?
The only way to know for sure whether or not a root canal is the right treatment for you is to visit Dr. Jaros for an exam and let her recommend the proper treatment. There are, however, a few symptoms that are typical for patients who need root canal therapy. Those include the following:
- A severe toothache that worsens when you bite down
- Sudden sensitivity to hot and cold food and beverages
- Gum tissue that is painful and/or swollen around a certain tooth
- A darkened tooth
If you notice any of these symptoms, contact our office right away to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jaros. But you should keep in mind that some patients who need root canal therapy experience no symptoms whatsoever, so it’s up to Dr. Jaros to recommend the right procedure for you.
What to Expect in Root Canal Therapy
Once Dr. Jaros administers a local anesthesia to numb the area, ensures the patient is comfortable, and prepares the area around the tooth needing treatment she will then begin the root canal therapy.
If you need a root canal, it’s because the nerves and pulp of a tooth have become infected, which is why removing them from inside the tooth is the first step in the procedure.
Next, Dr. Jaros cleans and seals off the tooth. Some patients may be fitted with a crown over the tooth as an added measure of protection. After the infected nerves and pulp are removed and the tooth is sealed off, it will function just like any other normal, healthy tooth.