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Relieving the Pain & Allaying Your Fears About Endodontics

At DentPlus Dental in Providence, Rhode Island, our focus is on providing you with an exceptionally high level of dental care so you feel comfortable. One of our specialties is Endodontics, the study and treatment of the dental pulp within your teeth. Sometimes this pulp can become infected, which results in pain and, if left untreated, can result in losing the tooth. To prevent this, our veteran dentists perform a root canal and do everything they can to save the infected area to prevent tooth loss.

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Helping You Understand the Procedure

Hearing you need a root canal is something that would cause many to flinch. We understand the procedure is certainly not fun, but it is necessary to relieve the pain. The root canal itself is a channel that runs from the root to the top of the tooth through its inner lifeline known as the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and complex cells, which keep your teeth alive. Infection occurs when a tooth is old or damaged, allowing bacteria to enter and cause inflammation, resulting in constricted blood flow and pain.

Treating Root Canal Disease

Receiving treatment for an infection of the root canal stops further damage to the tooth by removing inflamed or infected tissue and then carefully cleaning, disinfecting, and reshaping the inner space. The entire process sometimes takes a few sessions, but once completed, a filling is placed into the empty space of the tooth to prevent further infections. After treatment, you'll have a properly functioning tooth and a preventative aid against further tooth fractures.

Symptoms To Watch Out For

Knowing when to see your dentist is a vital factor in catching an infected root canal in time to save the tooth. There are many ways that pain and symptoms present themselves, like pain that stretches from the tooth to the neck, temple, or ear. Other symptoms include:

Lingering Sensitivity to Hot or Cold Liquids | Swelling | Sensitivity to Sweets | Pain to Biting Pressure | Spontaneous Toothaches | Constant or Intermittent Pain | Severe Pain | Throbbing Pain | Pain in Response to Postural Changes