At Proven Dental, Dr. James Murphy commits to helping you preserve your dental health for years to come. If you have persistent pain in your tooth or multiple teeth, a visit to our Waukesha, WI, dental office can make them healthy again. Patients often fear the words "root canal," when it's more painful to live without treatment than with it. If you're feeling unnecessary pressure in the mouth, or sharp pain when you bite down on food, these are signs you may need a root canal treatment.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
When a tooth struggles with sensitivity and experiences severe discomfort, this is usually the result of an underlying infection in the pulp chamber that contains nerves. The dental pulp is the soft tissue of a tooth that connects to the dentin. Once bacteria compromise this, you'll experience irritation, inflammation, and discomfort that can only be alleviated with a minor procedure called root canal therapy. It saves and repairs teeth that are infected or severely damaged.
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
Common symptoms of a tooth infection include lingering sensitivity to hot and cold beverages, difficulty chewing or biting, and severe persistent throbbing in the root that can sometimes be felt in the neck or ear. You should discuss root canal treatment with your dentist immediately if you have:
- Darkening of the gums
- Gums that are swollen or tender
- Abscesses that form on the gums
- Chipped, cracked, or fractured teeth
What to Expect From Root Canal Treatment?
During the procedure, our Waukesha dentist numbs the surrounding area with a local anesthetic. He then uses tiny instruments to makes a small opening in the infected tooth to access the pulp chamber. Lastly, he'll remove bacteria, as well as the dead or dying pulp, before cleaning, disinfecting, and sealing the space to prevent further infection. A dental crown protects the tooth and completes the restoration.
If you are struggling with chronic tooth pain, schedule a consultation with dentist Dr. James Murphy to discuss if you may benefit from root canal treatment. He can correctly identify the signs and symptoms during an oral examination and address any questions or concerns you may have. To learn more about root canals and other services provided, visit our website. For appointment scheduling at our Proven Dental, office in Waukesha, WI, please call (262) 650-3000.