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Are you about to go in for root canal therapy but you’re a little nervous because you don’t know what to expect? If so, our Joy Dental team is more than happy to help you! By knowing the answers to these frequently asked questions about root canals, you will be more prepared and relaxed:

What is root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy is a treatment needed to repair and save a tooth that has been infected or decayed. During the treatment, your dentist will remove the nerve and pulp of the tooth, which will prevent infections to the surrounding tissues and will also prevent abscesses. Then, he will clean and seal the tooth.

What are the signs that a root canal is needed?
There are many symptoms involved when a root canal is needed. Those symptoms are:

-Prolonged pain or sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
-Discoloration of the tooth
-Severe tooth pain when chewing or applying pressure to the tooth
-Swelling or tenderness in the nearby gums
-A persistent pimple on the nearby gums

How painful is a root canal?
Root canal treatment has the reputation for being painful, but it isn’t as painful as many think. In fact, many say that the treatment is less painful than the pain experienced before the treatment, and they also say that the procedure is no more painful than placing a dental filling.

What can I expect after a root canal?
Your tooth may have natural tissue inflammation for a few days after the treatment, which may cause sensitivity and discomfort. However, you can take over-the-counter pain medication to relieve the pain. Most patients return to their normal activities the day after the treatment is completed.

Call 484-704-7675 today and talk to your dentist, Dr. Maral Seroon, or a member of our team if you have additional questions that were not included in this blog. Our dental team will be more than happy to give you the information and details you need about root canal therapy in Norristown, Pennsylvania.