Are Root Canals Necessary?

If you have a dental infection or tooth pain, you may be wondering if you need a root canal. While many patients think that a root canal is a highly painful procedure, it can actually alleviate pain caused by cavities or a tooth abscess. Our team also ensures that patients feel as comfortable as possible during treatment and recommend medications to help patients during the healing process. If you notice signs of infection, we encourage you to contact us for comfortable root canal treatment in Lexington, KY.

Root Canal Treatment in Lexington, Kentucky

Signs You Need a Root Canal

There are multiple signs that indicate you need a root canal:

  • Pits or holes in the enamel
  • Severe tooth pain and sensitivity
  • Fever
  • Tooth damage
  • Swollen gums
  • Difficulty and pain when biting and chewing
  • Discolored teeth and gums

One or multiple signs of a dental infection require a dental visit. Let our team know if you have noticed any changes in your oral health. Even if you do not need a root canal, we will help you find the right treatment for your oral health needs.

What Happens During a Root Canal in Lexington, KY

A root canal removes infected dental pulp, made up of cells, nerves, and blood vessels that keep the tooth alive. Once a dental infection reaches the inside of a tooth, we need to remove the dental pulp to prevent the spread of the infection to other teeth. If we cannot save the tooth, we will need to extract it and replace it with a dental implant. Additionally, avoiding a root canal can lead to tooth loss, sepsis, and severe heart problems. If you are fearful of a root canal because of pain, we can help. Our team wants patients to feel comfortable during and after treatment so they can prevent future oral health and overall health issues.

During root canal treatment, we numb the treated tooth and make a small hole in the tooth. Then, we remove the dental pulp and clean the inner tooth chamber. Once we clean and sanitize the tooth, we seal it with a tooth-colored filling, which helps keep bacteria out of the chamber. We may also create a custom dental crown from an impression of the tooth. Dental crowns can fully cover and protect teeth that are weakened or worn because of tooth decay.

Contact Dr. Doyle Freano for root canal treatment today at 859-251-3809. You can also schedule a dental consultation with Dr. Freano and his team on our website. If you have questions about the root canal process or have symptoms of a tooth infection or cavity, let us know at your next visit or call our office. We’re here to help.