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Before you get nervous or frightened about your upcoming root canal treatment, it’s best to do your research and find out what this restorative therapy is all about.

Our Alan L. Nix DDS team believes that the more you know about root canal treatment, the more comfortable you will feel in the dental chair. So, to help you have the information you need, Dr. Alan Nix and our team have provided the answers to the following frequently asked questions about root canals:

What is root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is a procedure needed when the pulp or nerve of your tooth is infected or decayed. It’s very important to treat these problems because if you don’t, an abscess can form and your oral tissues will become damaged and infected. During your visit, your dentist will remove the pulp and nerve of your tooth, clean the tooth, and fill the tooth with a dental filling. If necessary, he will provide additional support to the tooth by covering it with a dental crown.

What are the signs that a root canal is needed?
Some symptoms include:

-Severe tooth pain when chewing
-Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
-Tooth discoloration
-Swelling in the nearby gums
-A recurring or persistent pimple on the nearby gums

How painful is a root canal?
Root canal treatment has the reputation for being painful, but it isn’t as painful as many think. In fact, many say that the treatment is less painful than the pain experienced before the treatment, and they also say that the procedure is no more painful than placing a dental filling.

What can I expect after a root canal?
You may be sore for a few days following treatment because of natural tissue inflammation. However, you can dull the discomfort with over-the-counter pain medication. You should be able to return to normal activities the day after your treatment is completed.

If you have additional questions that have not been answered in this blog, please feel free to call 972-563-7633 now and ask your dentist or a member of our dental team. We want you to have the most information possible, so please do not hesitate to give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you!