What’s worse than a cavity? An infection inside your tooth!
Cavities are caused by harmful bacteria. If they break through the enamel, they can get inside the tooth and infect it. If untreated, this will cause you a lot of pain while it weakens the tooth. It can even fall out eventually.
Thankfully, a root canal treatment can remove the bacteria and save the tooth. By calling us today at 509-591-0515, you can make an appointment to see if you will need a root canal. If you do, don’t worry! Dr. Hadley has the technology and advanced training to keep you as comfortable as possible.
Signs You Need A Root Canal
Root canals are needed when a tooth has become infected by harmful bacteria. This hurts, but the pain is dull and can come and go at the beginning. As the infection spreads, the pain becomes stronger and more constant. Instead of some tenderness when you chew, it becomes painful most of the time.
Here are some of the signs you might need to get a root canal treatment:
- Pain when you chew or bite down, especially in one particular tooth.
- Tender or swollen gums in one spot.
- Sensitivity to cold or heat from food and drinks.
- Small bumps on the gums around a tooth.
- One tooth that is darker than the others.
However, some people have no signs at all! That’s why you need X-rays taken at your twice-yearly visits. An experienced dentist like Dr. Hadley can spot the infection even if it’s not causing you any trouble.
What Is A Root Canal?
Because the infection is inside the tooth, any treatment to alleviate the pain and make it healthy again must get inside as well. Once the tooth and surrounding area has been thoroughly numbed with local anesthetic, Dr. Hadley will carefully and expertly remove the pulp inside that became infected with bacteria.
Afterwards, you will get a dental crown placed over the tooth for two reason:
- Infections tend to make enamel weaker, so the crown will strengthen the tooth.
- This seals up the hole in the enamel needed to remove the infected pulp.
Dr. Hadley Makes These Go Smoothly
People tend to worry about getting a root canal procedure, but they should not. Thanks to modern technology and techniques, endodontic treatments like this are more comfortable than ever.
That’s especially true for root canals in Kennewick, WA. Our dentist has decades of experience, so he knows how to do them properly. He has also invested in newer technology like the rotary handpiece to make root canals easier and quicker to complete.
Your tooth will numbed thanks to a local anesthetic, but if you are still concerned, you can receive dental sedation. Nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) can remove your anxiety as soon as you breathe in. If a stronger form is needed, he can also offer a pill that you take just before your appointment.
Call us today at 509-591-0515 or use our online form to make your next appointment. With Dr. Hadley’s expertise and skill, he can help make your root canal procedure as comfortable as possible. Even better, it can save the tooth and stop the pain!