If you've ever had tooth pain that's kept you up at night, then you know how painful a tooth infection can be. This is the kind of pain that causes you to lose focus, keeps you from your normal daily activities, and doesn't go away with over-the-counter medication.
If you're experiencing this kind of pain, it's likely that you have a tooth infection and Dr. Hulver typically recommends a root canal when a tooth is abscessed or infected to eliminate your discomfort and also preserve your natural tooth.
When Do I Need a Root Canal?
Besides excruciating pain, some other symptoms of tooth infection can be:
- Sensitivity to hot or cold food or drinks
- Pain or discomfort when biting or chewing
- Facial swelling
- A white bump or blister on your gum around the infected tooth
- A foul taste or odor in your mouth
If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact your Fairfax dentist right away. It should be noted that a tooth infection won't resolve on its own, and could result in tooth loss without treatment, so don't hesitate to call Metropolitan Dental Centre at (703) 503-5031 for prompt emergency dental care.
Are Root Canal Procedures Painful?
Once the root has become infected, a root canal is likely the only option to save the tooth and stop the pain. While some people may think the procedure is painful, nothing could be farther from the truth. The patient will experience no pain during the procedure, thanks to the dental anesthetics Dr. Hulver uses.
She will first numb the affected area before removing the infected tissue and pulp from inside the tooth. Once the tooth is infection-free, she seals it with a temporary filling to protect it from bacteria.
How You Can Avoid Root Canals
Ensuring that you take good care of your teeth and gums through good dental hygiene at home and routine visits to the dentist every six months will drastically reduce the chance that you'll need a root canal.
If you don't have dental insurance, ask us about our VIP Smiles Program, which covers your preventive teeth cleanings, checkups, and yearly x-rays with one low yearly membership fee. As a member, you'll also receive discounts and savings on other treatment services if you need them throughout the year.
Are You Experiencing Dental Pain?
Dr. Hulver and her team at Metropolitan Dental Centre are proud to serve the greater Fairfax, VA area, including Centreville, Blevinstown, Annandale, George Mason, Legato, Burke, and Belleair. While she specializes in cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Hulver can also perform root canals and other critical dental procedures, so don't wait to call us at (703) 503-5031 if you or a loved one is experiencing dental pain or a toothache.