Find out why a toothache is never just a toothache.
While needing to get root canal treatment is never something that anyone is thrilled about, it’s also important that you don’t postpone treatment due to fear, a busy schedule or other excuses. In fact, delaying the inevitable could actually cause more harm than good for your smile. This is why it’s important that if our Macon, GA, dentists Dr. Clinton Watson and Dr. Nicole Jackson have told you that you need a root canal that you don’t put it off.
Will the problem go away by itself?
While we would love nothing more than for teeth to be able to repair and fix their own issues we also know that this just isn’t realistic. While our bodies can fight off a common cold or flu without treatment, infections or damage to our teeth and gums almost always require treatment.
The most obvious and common sign that someone needs a root canal is a toothache. In fact, dental pain is usually the reason people come into our Macon, GA, dental office to find out what’s going on. By taking a simple set of X-rays we can easily see that the dental pulp is infected or inflamed. Luckily, since your tooth doesn’t need the pulp in order to thrive, we can easily remove the source of infection and prevent the bacteria from spreading further into the tooth’s root canals.
If the infection is left untreated, the bacteria will not only completely destroy the tooth, which will require us to extract the tooth, but it can also permanently damage the jawbone, gums and surrounding teeth. This is why you should always get the dental treatment you need as soon as possible.
But doesn’t a root canal hurt?
Unfortunately, there are a lot of negative beliefs and myths surrounding this procedure, but it’s important that our patients understand that this treatment is not only imperative for preserving the long-term health of their smiles but also that this procedure is designed to remove the source of your dental pain, not cause pain.
This procedure is no more invasive than getting a dental filling performed, and we will even fully numb the area around the tooth with local anesthesia to ensure that you don’t feel anything during your root canal. Once the pulp has been removed many people even report instant toothache relief.
Are you dealing with a toothache in Macon, GA? Have questions about your upcoming root canal treatment? Whatever the case may be, don’t hesitate to turn to the dental experts at Northside Family Dentistry for the answers or dental care you deserve.