Is a Root Canal on the Horizon?

Is a Root Canal on the Horizon?

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You’ve been dealing with that painful toothache for far too long. It hurts to bite down let alone chew food on that side of your mouth. You find that the pain just keeps getting worse but perhaps you hope it will just go away. Think again! Dental pain won’t often go away on its own. It’s your mouth’s way of letting you know that there is a problem. Our Jacksonville, FL, dentist, Dr. James Schumacher, thinks you should listen.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you have a toothache?
  • Does your dental pain get worse when chewing or putting pressure on the tooth?
  • Is the tooth suddenly sensitive to hot or cold?
  • Does your tooth sensitivity linger?
  • Are the gums around your tooth tender, red and/or swollen?
  • Has a growth that looks similar to a pimple formed on the gums near the tooth (the growth is known as an abscess)?
  • Has your tooth started to darken in color?
  • If you said yes to any of these questions then you need to high tail it to our Jacksonville general dentist for treatment. Even though these symptoms can also be the result of other issues like decay or gum disease, it’s important that we figure out the cause of your symptoms as soon as possible so we can put a stop to it before it wreaks havoc on your oral health.

    But aren’t root canals painful?

    Most people hear the words “root canal” and panic. That’s because this procedure has a pretty negative reputation, but we aren’t really sure why. Unfortunately, a lot of misinformation has circulated regarding this treatment. It’s important to at least recognize these two important factors:

    Most people coming in for treatment are dealing with a significant amount of dental pain. The purpose of a root canal is to remove the source of the pain not cause additional pain. In fact, you’ll often experience some relief the minute your treatment begins.

    This procedure is performed under local anesthesia, which means we will use thin needles to numb the area around the tooth prior to starting. You shouldn’t feel a thing during your root canal, which can be a major benefit for anyone who has been battling a severe toothache.

    It’s important that you seek dental care whenever there is an issue. When in doubt, give our Jacksonville, FL, dental office a call. We would be happy to talk through your symptoms and determine whether you should come into our office right away.

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