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Photo of woman after Root Canal Treatment Therapy at Hot Springs AR dentist

Persistent pain in the area around a single tooth may indicate that it is extremely infected or decayed. The good news is Hot Springs dentist Dr. Lance Porter at Porter Dental Health Clinic can often relieve discomfort quickly with a root canal treatment, saving a tooth that is severely damaged. Though the term “root canal” has a notorious association with pain, with all of the advances in the field of dental care and pain management, receiving a root canal treatment is now a comfortable and efficient way to preserve and restore your oral health.
Example of a healthy tooth

Healthy Tooth

 

When Is a Root Canal Treatment Needed?

When decay and infection cause damage to the nerve and pulp of a tooth, a root canal treatment is performed. Common symptoms that indicate a possible need for root canal treatment are:

Graphic of tooth with decay and infection

Before Root Canal

  • Consistent pain (may include throbbing) in the tooth area
  • Pain caused by the pressure of chewing or as an extended reaction to contact with hot and cold temperatures
  • Tender, swollen gums
  • Discoloration
  • The appearance of a pimple on the gums

 

What Is a Root Canal Treatment?

During a root canal, Dr. Porter gently removes your tooth’s damaged tissue and nerves, then carefully cleans and seals the tooth to protect it from bacteria. The procedure may require more than one visit, depending on the severity of the infection and the type of restoration — typically a filling or a crown — that is needed.

Root canal treatment with tooth-colored filling available at Hot Springs AR dentist

After root canal

What Can I Expect My Root Canal Recovery to Be Like?

You will experience instant pain relief after your root canal treatment. During your root canal recovery, chewing on the affected side of the mouth should be avoided until the filling or final restoration is completed. Your tooth may be sensitive for a couple of days following the procedures. Any discomfort you experience can be easily managed through the use of over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen. Your oral health routine should continue as usual and should include brushing, flossing, and rinsing.

The root canal treatment has a success rate of 95% and can last a lifetime.

FAQ

Is a root canal painful?
In most cases, receiving a root canal treatment feels like receiving a filling — and at Porter Dental Health Clinic, we offer comfort options that eliminate pain and induce a serene, relaxed state while we perform this simple procedure.
Is a root canal the same as a filling?
A filling is a less extensive procedure than a root canal and only requires the removal of decay from the tooth’s surface. During a root canal, the damaged tooth pulp and nerve are removed before the filling or other restorations are applied
If you are experiencing tooth pain, call (501) 781-0246 today to schedule an appointment with our Hot Springs, AR dental office.