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Justison and Gladnick Family Dentistry
Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Wilmington, DE

FAQs: Root Canals / Endodontic Therapy

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Here are some of the most commonly asked dentistry questions we are asked by patients, as well as excerpts from Dr. Gladnick's column in the Wilmington News Journal's "Ask the Dentist." If you have further questions, or want to schedule your next dentist appointment, call us today!


Root Canals / Endodontic Therapy

root canal | wilmington deWe hear this question a lot, and the easy answer is – No! 

Dentists the world over would like nothing more than to dispel all the myths and negativity surrounding root canals! This is a critical procedure that does not cause pain – it relieves it!

Wilmington patients who have had root canals with Justison and Gladnick Family Dentistry have nothing but good things to say. Most tell us that the procedure was much easier than they anticipated.

There’s a chamber deep inside your tooth that houses nerves and tissue that keep the tooth alive. When decay penetrates this part of the tooth, it becomes infected, causing severe discomfort. We provide relief from this pain by performing root canal treatment.

The pain you feel before treatment is a result of the infection. Unfortunately, many people associate this pain with the procedure itself. The truth is that as soon as we numb the tooth to start the procedure, you will feel immediate relief. You may experience sensitivity for a day or two following treatment, but that’s true of many dental procedures.

If you think you may need a root canal, please call our Wilmington dental office. We’ll see you as soon as possible to provide you with the relief you need!

Root canal therapy, unfortunately, gets a lot of undeserved hatred and fear. Many people misunderstand root canal treatment and what exactly it does, causing them to be afraid of the procedure and even avoid it entirely if their dentist ever recommends it. 

If you need a root canal or emergency root canal in Wilmington, don’t worry—we have experienced, gentle dentists who can take care of you and get your tooth on its way to healing. Root canals typically feel no different than a standard tooth filling, and you will be kept comfortable and numb during the entire procedure.

But how do you know if you need a root canal in the first place? Your most obvious and most prominent indicator will be pain. Root canal therapy removes an infection from deep inside a tooth, so teeth that require a root canal are typically very painful. 

Other signs that you should see your dentist in Wilmington for treatment include:

  • Sensitivity to temperature around a specific tooth
  • Pain when you chew your food or bite down
  • Irregular and sudden darkening of a tooth 
  • A tenderness that extends to your neighboring gums

The preferred way to know for sure whether you need a root canal or if your toothache is a sign of something else is to schedule a dental appointment with your dentist so they can evaluate the area more closely. If you’re worried about a painful tooth and want to learn more, don’t hesitate to contact Justison and Gladnick Family Dentistry!

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