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Root Canal Concerns: Do I Still Need One if My Toothache Goes Away?

November 14, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — windermereteam @ 6:05 pm
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A lot of people assume that root canals are a surgical procedure required to alleviate tooth pain, and while it does in many instances, that’s not always the case. Sometimes, a patient will arrive at the dentist’s office with a toothache which requires this treatment only to go home and realize the throbbing has abated. If you’ve found yourself in this position, you may be questioning whether you need that surgery, after all. While only your dentist can confirm that with finality, we can help shed some light on what could be happening. Keep reading to learn more!

What Causes Pain Before a Root Canal?

While you might assume it’s a good sign if the sting disappears before your root canal, the opposite could be true. Your tooth contains soft pulp and nerves internally which are usually protected by your pearly white. Those tender materials becoming infected is probably what caused so much discomfort in the first place. During the procedure, your dentist clears it away and seals your tooth to prevent further damage. While many patients assume the treatment itself is agonizing, the truth is that you’re numb the entire time, and it often alleviates the issue you’re already having.

Why Did the Ache Go Away?

If the soreness suddenly resolves itself before surgery, it’s probably not a sign that the infection has miraculously dissipated. It’s more likely that the toxicity finally killed the nerve inside your tooth so that you’re numb instead of hurting. Generally, problems with your teeth don’t clear up on their own and this one is no different. Remember that even if you don’t see any damage externally, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things happening under the surface.

Do I Still Need a Root Canal?

The short answer is probably yes. However, only your dentist can verify with certainty because they have the right skills and instruments at their disposal to make the final decision. They may schedule another visit for X-rays so they can see what’s happening below your gumline. Should they decide a root canal is still necessary, it’s in your best interest to listen to them. If you still don’t fully understand why, feel free to ask as many questions as you need to get informed. It’s the best way to gain clarity and peace of mind so that you can remain calm and confident during your root canal.

Once the root canal is finished you might be sore for a few days, but it won’t be long before you’re back on your feet with a healthier, happier smile to show for it!

About the Practice

At Dentistry at Windermere, patients can expect to receive top-of-the-line oral healthcare from a compassionate team of dentists. We use state-of-the-art technology and maintain the highest levels of accreditation so that you know you’re always getting the most current and effective treatments available. We want you to feel relaxed for your procedure, so we provide amenities like massage chairs, blankets, and neck pillows for your comfort. If you need a root canal or would like a consultation, you’re welcome to request an appointment on the website or by calling (770) 205-1212.

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