Root Canal

Root Canal Treatments in Anchorage, AK

Woman receiving a root canal at the dentist

Signs of needing a root canal

If you're experiencing tooth pain, you might be wondering if you'll need a root canal. There a number of signs besides pain to look out for that could signal that you need to visit us. These include:
  • Major teeth pain when eating or when you apply pressure on the area
  • Teeth sensitivity or pain to hot or cold that lingers 
  • A small, pimple-like bump on the gums near the area of teeth pain
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Tenderness or swelling in the gums near the area of teeth pain
These symptoms could indicate that there's an infection of the pulp (what's inside your tooth). This damage can be caused by toothy decay, cracks or chips in teeth, or diseased from repeated dental procedures.

Bleeding teeth during tartar and plaque removal

Root canal procedure

If your tooth is seriously infected or decayed, an endodontic treatment (a root canal), might be necessary.

During a root canal, the dentist will numb the area to make sure 
you're comfortable. Next, your dentist will make an opening in the crown of your tooth so he or she can clean out the damaged material (called pulp) inside. The final step is to seal the tooth, either by filling it or by putting a crown over it, to make sure that it stays protected from future damage.

The team at Four Corners Dental Group has performed numerous root canals. You can rely on our experience for this delicate procedure.

woman with sensitive tooth ache crown problem

Is a root canal painful?

Usually, the words "root canal" instantly bring up the notion of pain, and sometimes panic for those who might have to undergo the treatment. But the idea of the painful root canal procedure is a myth.

The pain associated with a root canal is the pain caused by an infection in the tooth, not by root canal treatment. The procedure itself isn't painful. It is done in order to eliminate the pain you're experiencing. 

That being said, your dentist can find that a tooth's pulp is damaged or infected, but you do not feel any pain (yet). In cases like this, you will still require a root canal, even though you don't feel pain from the infection. 

If you're experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity, call to make your appointment with us today.
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