Do I Need A Root Canal?

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Are you worried about root canals causing you a lot of pain? It’s a common fear, but luckily, we can set your mind at ease. Thanks to modern dentistry, root canal therapy is a common procedure that relieves pain instead of causing it. How does a root canal work? And how do you know if you need one?

What Are Root Canals?

Inside each tooth, you have what’s known as “pulp.” A soft substance, your tooth’s pulp is made of blood vessels, tissue, and nerves. When decay or an injury damages the tooth, bacteria can get inside the pulp, causing an infection. If untreated, infections can cause serious health consequences and even spread through your body. A root canal deals with the problem, saving your tooth and restoring your health.

During a root canal, we’ll numb the area we’re working on, so you don’t feel any pain. Using special tools, our dentists remove the infected pulp and nerve root. Next, we disinfect the area and seal the tooth, so bacteria won’t get back inside. For extra protection, we’ll also usually add a dental crown.

Do You Need a Root Canal?

Symptoms of tooth infection can be difficult to ignore. Sharp pain, deep aches, and swelling are common signs. You might also notice a bad taste in your mouth and increased sensitivity to temperatures. Sometimes, there are no clear symptoms, which is why it’s so important to see a dentist like Drs. Jai or Julie Shin regularly.

True Dental Is Here for You!

At True Dental, our team is committed to giving you the best experience possible. You’ll feel so much better after your root canal and we’ll be sure to walk you through aftercare instructions. If you have any questions about our services or want to make an appointment at our Odenton office, please contact us today!

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