By Great Meadows Dental Group
May 26, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: root canal  

While you may not jumping at the idea of a root canal, when it comes to a painful, damaged tooth, this procedure can offer the relief you need.

Here at Great Meadows Dental Group in Bedford, MA, your dentists have performed countless root canals and they can help you determine if this is the right oral procedure for you.

What are the signs or reasons I may need a root canal?

  • A severely cracked tooth
  • A deep cavity
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold food and beverages
  • Intense pain while chewing
  • Bumps or swelling on your gums
  • Tender gums
  • Darkening gum tissue
  • Large chips or cracks in your tooth

Make sure to tell a dentist at our Bedford office if you are experiencing any of the above, as it could indicate an infection requiring a root canal. A severely infected tooth could require removal if left untreated.

What does a root canal do?

A root canal is a procedure that removes the harmful bacteria that have grown or infiltrated a damaged tooth. During the treatment, your dentist will put you under anesthesia, ensuring comfort. Next, your tooth will be cleaned, disinfected, filled, and sealed, restoring it to a healthy, strong, and functional state. Your root canal will not leave any visible signs of repair on your tooth, so it will look natural and attractive.

How do I care for my teeth after a root canal?

You will likely want to avoid crunchy foods for a couple of days as your tooth may be achy from the procedure. Ask your dentist about pain relievers if you are experiencing discomfort. Once healed from your root canal, you will be able to eat, drink, brush, and floss as normal.

Don't let your tooth pain go untreated. Schedule an appointment at Great Meadows Dental Group in Bedford, MA, by dialing 781-275-7707.