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What Happens During My Root Canal?

March 9, 2022
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Posted By: White Bear Smiles
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Modern root canal therapy is painless and highly effective, especially when performed by your trusted White Bear dentist Dr. Paul Anderson. Though some patients consider root canals to be as frightening as the bogeyman, there’s no need to feel anxious or afraid. Dr. Anderson provides patients with gentle, pain-free root canals in White Bear Lake, MN. 

What Are Symptoms of Needing a Root Canal?

If you have any of the following symptoms or suspect you have an infected tooth, please get in touch with us right away:

  • Persistent tooth pain
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures (e.g., cold drinks, hot soup)
  • Swollen gums
  • Bump on the gums 
  • Swollen jaw
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Cracked or chipped tooth 
  • Pain when pressure is applied on the tooth 

Our team at White Bear Smiles can quickly and effectively relieve your pain and repair your tooth. 

How Does Root Canal Treatment Work?

Root canal treatment relieves pain caused by an abscessed or infected tooth. Your dentist starts by making sure you’re comfortable and relaxed by offering amenities, such as headsets, movies, or music. If you need extra help relaxing, we offer nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” to calm your nerves. Your dentist then applies a local anesthetic to numb the area where he’ll work on the tooth. 

When completely numb, he creates a small access point in the tooth to remove the infected tissue. Once all the inflamed and diseased tissue is eliminated, he disinfects the area and coats it with antibiotics to ensure it remains clean and bacteria-free. Finally, he seals the tooth to protect it and re-establish your tooth’s natural structure. 

Gentle Root Canals in White Bear Lake, MN 

Do you have tooth pain and sensitivity? Untreated dental issues can lead to more severe health concerns, not to mention they can be uncomfortable, painful, and costly. At White Bear Smiles, we can help you protect your oral health with various treatments, including gentle root canals. 

Dr. Anderson is a skilled and experienced dentist who can examine your smile, identify any areas of concern, and create a personalized treatment plan that meets your specific needs and goals. 

Contact our White Bear Lake dental office today at (651) 426-8998

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