Unfortunately, many of us have been conditioned to believe that getting a root canal is a terrible experience. The team at Kennedy Dental believes it’s time to put this outdated idea to rest and to tell you that modern root canals today are comfortable, stress-free procedures.
Your comfort is our priority, and it shows in every interaction we have with you and every service we provide. So, we want you to know that root canals don’t cause pain; they relieve it.
Why Our Dentists Recommend a Root Canal
One reason why root canals have a bad reputation is that many patients are already in excruciating pain when they seek treatment. Later, it’s the pain they remember and mistakenly associate with the root canal procedure.
The fact is that it’s the infection inside your tooth that’s causing your toothache, and since a root canal removes the infection, it also eliminates your pain.
A tooth becomes infected when bacteria enter the pulp that’s located deep within your tooth. This can be caused by a:
- Deep cavity
- Trauma or a blow to the tooth
- Cracked or broken tooth
- Fractured dental filling
Symptoms of an Infected Tooth
There are several symptoms of an infected tooth to look for. But in some cases, the infection is asymptomatic. That’s why it’s important to stay current with routine dental exams and cleanings even if you don’t think you’re experiencing any problems.
- Throbbing toothache
- Swollen or inflamed gums
- A whitish bump on your gums
- Swelling in your face or neck
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Extreme sensitivity to pressure or touch
- Tender or swollen lymph nodes
If you have any of these symptoms, call Kennedy Dental as soon as possible. Postponing treatment allows the infection to spread, and we may eventually need to remove the tooth.
The Root Canal Procedure
At Kennedy Dental, you’ll find a team of experienced dentists and specialists who do everything possible to ensure a comfortable procedure. Our caring and supportive dental team will be with you every step of the way to provide encouragement and a hand to hold if you need one!
The goal of a root canal is to remove the infected material, and at Kennedy Dental, we use advanced rotary endodontic technology. This technology makes your root canal more comfortable and helps our dentists reach deep into the root canals to be sure every trace of the infection is removed.
Need Some Help Relaxing? We Have Solutions!
Dental anxiety is a common problem and one that we help our patients deal with every day. Having a caring dental team on your side helps, but many of our patients appreciate that we also offer sedation dentistry at our Bellevue dental office.
Nitrous oxide offers gentle relaxation and a sense of calm that lasts throughout your procedure and doesn’t produce lingering drowsy side effects. If you need deeper relaxation than nitrous provides, our dentists can prescribe a sedative for you to take before your appointment.
Have a Toothache and Think You Need a Root Canal?
Our Bellevue, NE dentists and specialists understand your apprehension about having a root canal. But we can assure you that, in the 40 years we’ve been practicing, we’ve helped hundreds of patients enjoy a comfortable, successful procedure.
If you have a toothache and think you might need a root canal, call us right away at (402) 291-3535 so we can help you and provide the relief you need.