We all know the expression, “It’s about as fun as a root canal” when talking about something that is, in fact, the opposite of a good time. But root canals are actually beneficial for the overall health of your mouth! May is Save Your Tooth Month and root canals are one of the best ways to keep your mouth healthy!

What is a Root Canal?

So what exactly is a root canal? A root canal, also known as an endodontic treatment, is a procedure that removes the decayed or infected nerve and pulp inside the tooth. This is done before cleaning and shaping the tooth canal. The tooth canal is then filled with a material known as gutta-percha, which is a rubber like substance compatible with the tooth. After the root canal is finished, it is then necessary to complete the procedure with a permanent restoration.

What are the Symptoms?

Symptoms for an infected tooth can vary. However, some of the main signs include pain, sensitivity to hot and cold, tenderness, tooth discoloration, swelling around the tooth, and drainage in the lymph nodes and around the infected area. There are times when no symptoms occur. Going to the dentist for any of these symptoms can help diagnose the afflicted area early and save more of the natural tooth!

It may seem easier to just pull out the infected tooth and be done with it. While that is one option, saving the natural tooth via root canal has several benefits. These include more efficient chewing, a bite that feels natural, and protects the surrounding teeth and gums from excessive strain. Not to mention it matches the other teeth perfectly!

If you experience any tooth pain and think a root canal is necessary, Fox Valley Dental can help make it as painless as possible. With anesthetics and modern techniques, we have plenty of patients say their root canals are easy and painless!

Give us a call at 920-725-1327 if you’re experiencing any symptoms in relation to an infected tooth. Our practice has been serving the community for over 30 years and would love to help you feel confident with your smile!