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Don't Ignore the Pain: How a Root Canal Can Save Your Tooth

Sometimes a tooth has severe decay and is causing a toothache to end all toothaches. Or maybe you injured a tooth and now it’s discolored. Whatever your reason, you’ve come to the point where you need to decide between pulling the tooth or undergoing a root canal.

Think about the big picture, and go for the root canal say Dr. Marcus Higgins and Dr. Linda White, who lead our expert team of dental professionals at Higgins Dental in Jacksonville, Florida. Whenever possible, we believe that preserving your tooth rather than extracting it gives you long-term benefits. 

Reasons for a root canal 

Anytime you have a tooth with deep decay that can’t be treated, a root canal is a possible option. Unchecked decay causes pain and swelling, abscesses, discoloration, and sensitivity to chewing and temperature changes. You may be tempted to just have it removed, but a missing tooth can lead to other problems, like shifting teeth and bone loss. 

To prevent these consequences, we recommend replacing missing teeth with dental implants. In this case, we insert a titanium rod into the jawbone in the space where your tooth is missing and then an abutment that’s topped by a crown.

But you can avoid all that by opting to save your damaged tooth with a root canal.

What to expect with a root canal

We start by giving you local anesthetic to numb your mouth. Then we create a small hole in your tooth, remove the infected pulp (the soft tissue inside your tooth), and put a temporary crown on the tooth to protect it. 

The number one concern people have about the root canal procedure is pain. At Higgins Dental, we are known for minimizing pain in all our treatments. Your comfort and safety are our highest priorities, so you can expect to experience some discomfort, but no intense pain. Most of our patients who are sensitive to pain say that a little ibuprofen is all it takes to ease any symptoms.

Root canal follow-up

Root canal is a two-appointment procedure. About one to two weeks after your root canal, your permanent crown should be ready. After we fit your new crown over your cleaned and preserved natural tooth, you’re ready to go and get on with your life. Once again, you can chew, bite, drink, and live without pain. 

If you’ve noticed symptoms of deep tooth decay like pain, discoloration, or swollen, tender gums, call us, or use our online scheduling tool to make an appointment today.

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