Tooth pain could indicate many dental conditions, and it’s important that you report it to your dentist so you get the treatment you need. Beaufils Dental in Cooper City, Florida, offers root canal therapy when tooth pain comes from infected or inflamed teeth, which you can lose if you don’t treat them soon. Call Beaufils Dental or book an appointment online to find out if you need root canal therapy today.

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What is a root canal?

A root canal is a relatively common dental treatment that can help you avoid losing a tooth because of infection or inflammation. Each of your teeth contains soft tissues like nerves and blood vessels on the inside, collectively called the pulp. Injuring a tooth can lead to pulp inflammation or infection even if the tooth itself doesn’t crack.

At Beaufils Dental, the team uses 3D imaging to examine the inside of the injured tooth and evaluate the extent of the inflammation. They use the 3D model to plan your root canal, which is  a procedure that removes the pulp from the inside of an injured tooth. Your tooth can survive without those blood vessels and nerves as long as it’s fully grown.

After creating an opening in your tooth and removing the pulp from the inside, your dentist shapes the canals inside the tooth before filling them and sealing the hole. They may suggest getting a custom crown to further protect the tooth, which you can get in an hour at Beaufils Dental.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

Most people who need a root canal realize that something is wrong because of a toothache. While some infected teeth don’t cause pain, pain that doesn’t go away is often the main symptom patients report.

You should also schedule an appointment at Beaufils Dental for other indicative symptoms, including:

  • Swollen gums
  • Sensitivity to extreme temperatures
  • Pimples on the gums
  • Jaw swelling
  • Tooth darkening
  • Loose adult teeth

The team at Beaufils Dental confirms whether or not you need a root canal with a detailed examination, often with X-ray imaging.

How should I prepare for a root canal?

There are several steps you can take to make sure your root canal goes smoothly at Beaufils Dental. During your initial consultation, the team offers you personalized advice for preparation before planning your treatment using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scanning.

You should:

  • Stop smoking
  • Eat healthy
  • Take antibiotics if your dentist gives them to you
  • Prepare to take the day off from work or other obligations

While you might hesitate to get a root canal because you’re worried about pain, you can rest assured that the procedure will not be painful thanks to local anesthesia. If you have dental anxiety or other reservations about getting the treatment you need, Beaufils Dental offers sedation options.

Request an appointment online or over the phone at Beaufils Dental to find out if you need a root canal for tooth pain today.