Root canals have gained a poor reputation due to their painful and invasive history. However, if you are a patient in Lebanon, MO, Dr. Cox assures you the procedure has come a long way. Most patients report that a root canal procedure is no more painful than having a filling placed, and wish they had come in sooner, avoiding the pain of an infected tooth. The procedure is essential to maintaining your oral health, and Dr. Jerry Cox prides himself on making sure his patients are comfortable and knowledgeable about the root canal procedure prior to their appointment.
How do I know if I need a root canal?
If you have a tooth that is decayed or damaged and is painful, you need to come see Lebanon dentist, Dr. Cox, right away. It may be possible that the damage has penetrated the hard outer layers of your tooth and the soft pulp that supports blood flow is infected. Some indications you may need a root canal include:
- Pain in the tooth when you chew
- Continued sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in nearby gums
- A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums
How does a root canal help?
The benefits to a root canal are numerous. When a nerve is damaged there is increased risk for bacterial infection. This infection can lead to an abscess, which is not only painful, but can cause:
- Swelling of the face or neck
- Bone loss
Dr. Cox will remove the damaged root, disinfect the area, fill the space where the infected root once was and then place a crown over the damaged tooth. The results are impressive. A root canal will get you back to normal chewing of all your favorite foods, no one will guess you have had a restoration with its natural appearance.
If the procedure still makes you nervous, that is normal. Dr. Cox offers sedation as a comfortable option.
If you think you may need a root canal, don’t wait until the pain is intolerable, give Dr. Cox and his Lebanon dentist team a call today (417) 288-4259.