Root Canal Therapy
Save Your Tooth, Restore Your Pain-Free Smile
Does the sheer thought of needing a root canal send a bead of sweat down your spine? You’re far from alone. In fact, the American Association of Endodontics recently shared that 59% of people are more afraid of getting a root canal than speaking in public. However, its reputation is far worse than the procedure itself, especially since many patients find it no more cumbersome than a traditional filling. So, if you are in need of root canal therapy in Philadelphia, don’t hesitate to contact our office!
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
When tooth decay is left to progress, it can damage the nerve that runs through your tooth. This nerve, also known as the pulp, will then become inflamed, causing pain and possibly creating even more oral health issues as the inflammation progresses. During a root canal, our dentist in Philadelphia, Dr. Henkel, will remove the nerve, clean out the canal through which the nerve runs, and fill in the canal to help stop further decay and effectively restore your pain-free smile.
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
Although symptoms can vary from patient to patient, a few of the most common signs you may need a root canal are:
- You have severe, throbbing tooth pain
- A tooth that takes on a darker color
- A pimple-like sore on your gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages
- Pain when chewing or biting
If these symptoms are ignored, your inflammation can contribute to periodontal disease and the bacteria can spread throughout the body through the bloodstream. Therefore, if you suspect you need root canal therapy, it is important that you seek treatment right away.
What to Expect from Root Canal Therapy
Before beginning the procedure, Dr. Henkel will completely numb the affected area and use sedation (if needed) to help you remain relaxed. From there, he will use a surgical microscope to ensure maximum visibility and precision, leading to reliable results and increased effectiveness. Once the root canal is complete, we will provide you with a list of aftercare instructions, including what to eat and which pain relievers to take. While some soreness and swelling are to be expected, your mouth should start to feel normal again after a few days. You are always welcome to call us if you have questions or concerns during your recovery period.
Experience comfortable, state-of-the-art dental care in Philadelphia, Horsham, and surrounding areas with Horsham Dental Elements. We proudly serve patients from all over Montgomery, Philadelphia, and Bucks County. Contact us today to make an appointment and discover what difference in technology, education, and experience can make in your dental care.