Don’t let the rumors fool you when it comes to root canals and their association with pain. Root canals relieve rather than cause pain and can help save your tooth when treated promptly. We welcome dental emergencies and provide comfortable root canals in our Springfield dental office.
Do I Need a Root Canal?
The only way to know for sure if you need root canal treatment is with a dental exam, which will require an x-ray and diagnosis from Dr. Shane Ruggless. Dr. Ruggless understands that meeting for the first time during a toothache is not ideal and will put you at ease immediately with his experience, skill, and kind nature.
A few symptoms the might mean a root canal could relieve your pain:
- Inflammation of the jaw, face, neck or gums
- Discoloration of a tooth
- Pain and/or pressure
- Sensitivity to temperature – especially heat
- Pimple-like lesion on the gums
If any or many of these sound like you, immediate attention can mean the difference between saving your tooth or facing an extraction. Sometimes patients request an extraction out of fear of root canal treatment. At Ruggless Dental, your dentistry is your choice to make, but it is our responsibility to share the consequences of tooth loss.
- Impaired speaking and chewing
- Bone loss at the extraction site
- Misalignment caused by teeth shifting
- Negative impact on smile and confidence
When you arrive for your visit, Dr. Ruggless will always provide you with accurate information regarding your diagnosis, every treatment option from the most conservative to the most ideal, and accurate financial estimates because we respect family budgets.
Root canals can be a painless experience in our Springfield dental office. We will never begin a procedure until you are entirely comfortable.