What is Root Canal Therapy?
Tooth decay, when caught early enough can usually be remedied with a simple filling. However, if the decay is more extensive it can infect the soft pulp and nerve in the inner portion of the tooth. To save the tooth, rather than having to pull it, Dr. Perez or Dr. Kodish removes the infected pulp and nerve, refills the tooth, and then places a dental crown to support and protect the tooth. This is referred to as an endodontic dental procedure or root canal therapy.
does root canal therapy hurt?
Root canal therapy is a more extensive procedure than repairing a simple cavity so some pain is normal. However, Dr. Perez or Dr. Kodish strive to ensure your procedure is done compassionately, quickly, and with as little discomfort as possible. Before the root canal begins, you will be given a local anesthetic to numb the target area. You may experience some pressure during the cleaning, but during the actual procedure, you shouldn't experience any pain. After the procedure, some patients may have mild pain or discomfort which should fade after a few days.
Root Canal Therapy Reviews
"I instantly had the worst tooth pain when I woke up one morning and knew that I needed a root canal. Doing some research, I found Dr. Kodish on Google+ and made an appointment for that same day. I really appreciated the same day appointment and root canal that was scheduled because tooth pain needs to be treated immediately before the infection spreads. I was in and out in no time and feel 100% better.Other notes:Staff and Doctor are super friendly.Coffee, tea, water & homemade cookies provided.Cable TV in waiting area.Fresh roses given to patients."- C.S. / Yelp / Sep 24, 2014
"I came in with an emergency root canal (on vacation too). This procedure was completed perfectly (no pain). I appreciate the expertise, professionalism and kindness. Thank you!"- M.N. / Google / Jul 31, 2017
"I came in with an emergency root canal (on vacation too). This procedure was completed perfectly (no pain). I appreciate the expertise, professionalism and kindness. Thank you!"- K.N. / Google / Oct 03, 2017
"If I could give more stars to Dr Kodish I would. My story starts with being in pain for 16 months, countless appointments with every dental specialist you can think of, a root canal (which the Endodontist now says was unnecessary), medications that none of them worked and I thought I was losing my mind and frustrated. Then after a teeth cleaning with my past dentist, he noticed me rubbing my face and randomly mentioned “that’s your Masseter”. I researched what that was and discovered that I checked all the boxes for TMD and there began my search for a TMJ/TMD specialist and found Dr Kodish, made an appointment and 6 weeks later I am pain free. Dr Kodish is very kind, compassionate and professional. He was very patient listening to my long journey to find relief for my pain and did a full evaluation to identify my issues and it turned out I had many and not one dental professional identified any of them. Dr Kodish is brilliant and I highly recommend KP Dental. They are a full service dental practice and I will not go anywhere else."- N.R. / Google / Mar 11, 2021
what happens if i don't get a root canal?
Anxiety around needing a root canal procedure is understandable, but the consequences of avoiding it can be worse. Not only do you risk losing the tooth, but a tooth with an infected nerve and pulp can also cause:
- Severe pain
- Bad breath
- Spreading decay
- Infection spreading to other teeth or even your body
- Teeth falling out
- Necessary tooth extractions
How do i know if i need root canal therapy?
The symptoms of severe tooth infection can vary and the only way to know for sure you need a root canal is to have a dental examination. If you are unsure, contact The Kodish-Perez Dental Group to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. However, there are a few warning signs you can look for:
- Persistent pain in the tooth or jaw
- Swollen or bleeding gums around the tooth
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Tooth discoloration
- The tooth is loose
- Pain while eating or when you touch the tooth
- A chipped or cracked tooth
Schedule your root canal therapy early
Don't suffer from tooth pain or risk losing a tooth by avoiding root canal therapy. Contact us at The Kodish-Perez Dental Group today to schedule an appointment to see how we can fix your tooth problems and help you create a healthier, happier smile.
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