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Don't Ignore the Pain — A Root Canal Could Save Your Tooth

Get to the root of the problem.

Because of all the hype and what we’re used to seeing in movies, we tend to think that root canals are painful procedures that everyone dreads! The reality, however, couldn’t be further from the truth. 


If you’ve had one you know that a root canal isn’t very different from a standard filling. And the process involves just as much pain and discomfort. And this is great to know, because a root canal saves your tooth from extraction and a host of pain. And, root canals are actually quite common, with over 15 million of them performed every year.  


At The Dental Center of Hercules, Dr. Lovely Manlapaz Teodoro, DDS and his team are dedicated to your oral health. They want to make sure that you’re as comfortable as possible during your dental visits. That’s why they’ve compiled this helpful guide to how root canals can save your teeth.

When you need a root canal

There’s a reason that you shouldn’t ignore tooth pain as it’s often a sign that you need a root canal. You usually notice the pain associated with a root canal when you’re chewing or biting down on something.


You may also notice a constant sensitivity to hot or cold foods. Other signs that you may need a root canal include red or swollen gums, especially around the tooth that needs a root canal. A dark brown or dark spot on your tooth is another indicator.

How root canals work

Similar to a procedure for a filling, a root canal starts with a topical anesthetic meant to numb the area, effectively minimizing any pain or discomfort in the area. This is followed by a small hole that’s drilled into your tooth, through which Dr. Teodoro removes any damaged pulp tissue and bacteria.


Once the tooth has been cleaned out, we then fill and seal your tooth. This procedure typically takes about an hour to 90 minutes. Depending on the scope of the damage, you may need one or two appointments to complete the procedure. If your tooth is badly decayed, you may even need additional coverage, like a dental crown or veneer. 

After your root canal

You will be able to go home shortly after your procedure, depending on when you feel ready. Your face and mouth might feel numb for a while after, but you should regain feeling after only a couple of hours. As the anesthesia wears off, you may need some pain relievers. 


To maintain your health after, be sure to brush your teeth twice a day and to floss once a day. Also, be sure to maintain your regular dental appointments, at least once every six months. 

Don’t ignore your tooth pain. A root canal could save you from a host of problems. Call us or schedule an appointment on our website today. 

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