Affordable Dental Center of Wellington

When Do You Need a Root Canal?

October 6, 2021
Posted By: Affordable Dental Center of Wellington
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The root canal treatment is the boogeyman of dentistry because people think it inflicts intense pain. However, this couldn't be more false! People often confuse the pain associated with an infected root canal with the root canal procedure itself. 

But root canal therapy relieves the pain caused by an infected tooth. At Affordable Dental Center of Wellington, root canal treatment is painless and straightforward, much like a simple dental filling. 

What Is a Root Canal? 

A root canal, also known as endodontic treatment, removes infected or inflamed tooth pulp. The pulp is the lifeblood of a tooth, making it viable and functional. Without timely treatment, an infected tooth can result in severe damage, tooth loss, and the spread of infection to other parts of the body. 

When You Might Need Root Canal Therapy

Common symptoms associated with an infected tooth include:

  • Severe tooth pain 
  • Bumps on the gums 
  • Sensitivity to cold and heat 
  • Swollen gums 
  • Darkening of the gums 
  • Chipped, cracked, or fractured tooth 
  • Tender gums 
  • An abscess

Dr. Bussell can evaluate your condition and determine what type of treatment is best for your oral health needs. 

What Happens During Endodontic Treatment? 

Dr. Bussell numbs the infected area before beginning the treatment to ensure you don't feel any pain. He then gently cleans the inside of the tooth, eliminating all traces of infection and disease. 

Once Dr. Bussell sanitizes the tooth, he fills the empty space with a strong, pliable substance called gutta-percha. This material strengthens the tooth's structure from the inside out, ensuring the natural tooth won't collapse. 

Dr. Bussell then seals the tooth with a durable and aesthetic crown or other restoration that matches your natural teeth. Covering the tooth with a restoration protects it from damage and further infection, and it restores your bite. 

Once the treatment is complete, you can enjoy a healthy, pain-free smile! 

Contact Your Dentist in Royal Palm Beach

Our patients from Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, and surrounding areas agree that gentle root canals are Dr. Steven Bussell's expertise. Our team at Affordable Dental Center of Wellington can alleviate your discomfort and repair your tooth in no time. 

If you suspect you have an infected tooth, please contact us immediately to treat your dental concerns and relieve your pain.

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