Pain in Your Teeth? It Might Be Time for a Root Canal

If you experience a sharpness of pain in your mouth or your tooth looks infected, you may require root canal therapy to save your smile. Contrary to popular belief, root canal treatment is a straightforward procedure that will restore the health and stability of an affected tooth. At Berchelmann Family Dental, Dr. Berchelmann has the expertise to efficiently and comfortably perform root canal treatment using advanced techniques and safe sedation methods.

When faced with severe infection, sensitivity, or pain, root canal therapy is often the last chance to save your natural tooth. Learn more about this virtually painless treatment and what to expect if you’re a candidate for root canal therapy.

Process of Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is a restorative treatment used by professional dentists including Dr. Berchelmann when tooth decay occurs or a cavity has been left untreated for too long. While a common myth about root canal therapy is that it’s a painful procedure — this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Not only do patients have to come in for just one visit, but the treatment itself takes under two hours to complete.

It’s important to schedule a consultation with Dr. Berchelmann if you experience any pain or discomfort within your tooth. If left untreated, an infected root canal can spread to your other teeth and surrounding gum tissue. In severe cases, it can also lead to life-threatening complications.

Signs You May Need Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy can be the procedure that saves your tooth from infection while protecting your natural smile. The following signs and symptoms may indicate that you need root canal therapy:

  • Discoloration of the infected tooth
  • Darkening of the gums surrounding the tooth
  • Pain while biting or chewing
  • Swelling and tenderness of the gums around the tooth
  • A pinnacle (fistula) on the gums
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures

Don’t ignore these symptoms or wait for them to go away on their own. Dr. Berchelmann will be more than happy to treat your infected tooth and take care of any pain or discomfort you may be experiencing. If left untreated, an infection can spread to other areas of the face, neck, or head. In severe cases, an infected tooth can even cause your jawbone to become eroded.

Receiving Root Canal Therapy

The procedure for root canal therapy typically takes just 90 minutes and can be completed in one visit at our San Antonio office. Before the procedure begins, Dr. Berchelmann will apply a local anaesthetic to the affected area to eliminate any pain you may experience.

During your root canal treatment, Dr. Berchelmann will create a small access hole in the crown of the infected tooth. He’ll use special tools to remove the tooth’s pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels. Afterwards, we’ll fill the tooth with a dental composite and apply a dental crown to protect the tooth and prevent future infections.

While you may experience some discomfort after the procedure, there should be no significant pain. After root canal therapy, many patients describe feeling better quickly as the tooth heals. This minor discomfort is far preferable to the complicating symptoms that can occur if the tooth is left untreated, allowing you to return to a normal, healthy lifestyle.

Extracting the Tooth

If your tooth can’t be saved with root canal therapy, Dr. Berchelmann may recommend having the infected tooth removed to prevent further complications. Our offices provide services for you to receive a dental implant, which can replace your tooth with a natural-looking crown that compliments the rest of your smile. Typically, a dental implant is the best option for restoring your complete smile after a medically necessary extraction.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canal Therapy

Does root canal therapy hurt?

With advanced numbing agents and localized anesthesia, the process of removing a tooth infection should be relatively painless. Thanks to Dr. Berchelmann’s extensive background in dentistry, the risk of feeling any form of discomfort is even lower.

Should my tooth hurt a week after the procedure?

Most of your pain should subside after a few days. If you’re still feeling discomfort a week after your root canal procedure, contact our office right away to schedule a check-up. We’ll help you with your pain and provide any necessary services.

How can you tell if a tooth is dead?

A tooth is considered dead once it’s no longer receiving a fresh supply of blood. While Dr. Berchelmann will be able to examine the area to see if the tooth is dead, common signs to watch out for include pain, discoloration, bad breath, and pus.

How long does root canal therapy take?

Root canal therapy takes approximately 90 minutes to complete and usually requires only one office visit. With localized anesthesia, you can feel confident knowing that your treatment will be generally painless with minimal discomfort.

Heal Your Smile With Berchelmann Family Dental

Don’t let your pain go untreated — an infection won’t get better until you receive professional care. Dr. Berchelmann and his expert staff will be more than happy to answer any questions you have about root canal therapy and walk you through every step of the procedure.

To learn more about how you can revitalize your smile, give our San Antonio office a call at (210) 336-8478 or use our easy contact form for a staff member to get right back to you.