Comedians have long made jokes about root canals—usually, the punchline indicates a painful procedure that you don’t want. The truth is much different. Today’s technologies mean that root canal treatment is not particularly painful. It does not even require much recovery. In fact, root canals in Wilmington are designed to eliminate pain and save your tooth from extraction.
Root Canal Therapy with Your Dentist in Wilmington, DE
Pulp and root make up the center of your tooth. If this pulp and root become infected or inflamed due to trauma, it can mean an excruciating toothache or even the spread of infection. The remedy is a gentle root canal treatment with your Wilmington dentist.
Your dentist anesthetizes the treatment area and removes the infected or inflamed tissue through a small hole, disinfecting, and shaping all the while. We then fill the space with a temporary filling to encourage healing. At another appointment, we close your tooth with a regular filling or rely on a dental crown if the tooth is weak following infection or trauma.
After the first stage of therapy, you may have mild swelling or soreness, which usually lasts a day or two, but it is not the same pain you can suffer from a full-blown infection.
Lowering Your Risks
Regular dental visits and excellent oral hygiene are your best defense against root infections and cavities. We also recommend wearing a mouthguard when competing in contact sports or those involving balls or pucks. And if you suffer from bruxism (grinding and clenching), ask your dentist about a nightguard.
Schedule Your Next Dental Exam to Lower Your Risks Today
We consider a root infection with pain a dental emergency. If you notice a blister on your gum, toothache, or jaw swelling, contact a team member as soon as possible.