Root Canal

Pearl Dental Group

Dentists located in Baton Rouge, LA

The mere sound of the phrase “root canal” strikes fear in the heart of many adults, but this procedure saves teeth and causes minimal discomfort in its modern form. If you have a decayed, injured, or infected tooth, don’t be afraid to get a root canal at Pearl Dental Group in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Experienced dentists Andre Bruni, DDS, and Jessica Bruni, DDS, performs root canals to restore teeth to their full function. To schedule a root canal or get more information, call or use the online booking tool.

Root Canal

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure to repair and save damaged and diseased teeth. During a root canal, your dentist removes the pulp inside your tooth, which is made of nerves and tissue, then fills and seals the tooth.

The nerves in your teeth aren’t necessary to their health or everyday function. Their only job is to detect sensations like hot and cold. That means a tooth that undergoes a root canal can work just as well as any other tooth, and remain healthy with proper care.

Signs you have infected or inflamed dental pulp and may need a root canal include:

  • Severe pain that gets worse when you eat or put pressure on the tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold that remains even after the source is removed
  • Swollen, tender gums near the tooth
  • Painful bumps on the gums near the tooth

If you think you have a diseased or damaged tooth, don’t ignore it. The pain often gets worse, and you may lose your tooth. Root canals can save your natural teeth, which is always the preferred option.

Are root canals painful?

Root canals don’t have the best reputation. You may think of a root canal as unbearably painful and something to avoid at all costs. However, a modern root canal is usually no more painful than having a filling placed. Your dentist numbs the area during the procedure, and any discomfort afterward is usually mild enough to manage with over-the-counter pain medication.

Keep in mind that the purpose of a root canal is to save your tooth and help you feel better. The pain of an infected or inflamed tooth is far worse than the experience of a root canal, and it gets worse without treatment. 

Why should I get a root canal instead of extraction or replacement?

If your tooth is bothering you, you may think about having it pulled. However, extraction is more painful than a root canal, and the best thing for your dental health and functioning is to save your natural teeth. Just one missing tooth can make chewing food and talking much more difficult and cause your other teeth to shift.

While implants, crowns, and bridges can replace missing teeth, there’s no substitute for your original, natural teeth. If you have the option to save your natural teeth, you should take it. Thanks to root canals, your teeth can last a lifetime.

To learn more about root canals, schedule an appointment at Pearl Dental Group online or over the phone.