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I Think I Need a Root Canal—and I Am Scared!

October 30, 2019
Posted By: Robert Rahm, DDS
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Root canals have received a bad rap from the world. Many people fear this dental procedure because they think it’s painful. But the truth is that it is the pain of the infection that can be unbearable; the procedure itself is rather benign because you’ll be fully numbed before your Chesterfield Valley, MO dentist Dr. Robert Rahm even starts root canal treatment.

Root canal treatment is actually a good thing because it can save your tooth from needing extraction. It’s really no worse than getting a dental filling.

Signs You Might Need a Root Canal

One of the most common signs that you might need a root canal is a toothache that quickly becomes unbearable. This usually means there is an infection in the tooth root, and getting a root canal will get rid of the infection—as well as your pain.

Other signs include a white spot on the gums near the painful tooth or swelling in the gum area near the site.

The Root Canal Procedure

Because you are fully numbed for a root canal, the procedure isn’t painful. Dr. Rahm will make a tiny hole in your tooth through which he will remove the infected material. After rinsing the area and sealing it up, you are ready for a dental crown to strengthen the remaining tooth structure.

The area might feel a bit sensitive for a day or two after your root canal, but your pain will be gone—and your tooth saved!

Don’t Fear the Root Canal

If you are worried you might need a root canal, don’t be! Call our Chesterfield Valley, MO dental office, and we can get you in to relieve your pain—and we can probably save your tooth in the process. The sooner you call, the better—so don’t delay! We look forward to providing you with gentle root canal treatment.

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