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Root canal therapy in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, can be a scary and overwhelming dental treatment, especially if you’re not sure what to expect or if you just don’t know much about it. However, that problem can be solved and you can finally feel comfortable in the dental chair if you have the answers to your many questions. So, our James D. Schuette. DDS. team is happy to help you by providing you with the answers to the following questions:

What is root canal treatment?
Root canal therapy is a treatment that is needed when the nerve or pulp of your tooth is infected or decayed. The treatment involves your dentist removing the affected portion of your tooth, cleaning the tooth, and then sealing the tooth with a dental filling. If necessary, he will place a dental crown over it to provide additional support.

What are the signs that a root canal is needed?
There are many signs that can mean that a root canal is needed, including:

-Severe pain when applying pressure to the tooth
-Tooth discoloration
-Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
-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 the procedure itself is actually less painful than the pain experienced before the treatment and no more painful than having a filling placed.

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.

If you have additional questions that were not included in this blog, please remember that you can always call 816-554-7656 and talk to your dentist, Dr. James D. Schuette, or a member of our helpful and friendly dental team. The more you know, the better, so please give us a call!