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By Sweet Tooth Dental
November 19, 2019
Category: Dental

Are your teeth extra sensitive or painful? Does drinking hot beverages or chewing crunchy foods cause you discomfort? If so, you might be in need of a root canal. While root canal treatment is often thought of in a less than favorable light, truthfully, this treatment is actually quick, comfortable, and pain-relieving!

Read on to learn how Dr. Garrett B.K. Oka here at Sweet Tooth Dental in Kona, HI, can use root canal treatment to have you feeling better in a single appointment!

How do I know if I need a root canal?

Signs that you may need a root canal include sensitivity to hot, cold, or sugary beverages/foods, tenderness in your gums, and sharp pain when biting or chewing. Visually, you may see swelling or darkening in your gum tissue, or bumps on the surface.

If you are experiencing advanced decay of your teeth, or suspect that you have a deep cavity or cracked tooth, a root canal may be your best treatment option.

How is a root canal performed?

First, the dentists at our Kona office will make sure you are comfortable during the procedure by administering anesthesia. Next, they remove the inflamed/infected pulp at the center of your tooth, before thoroughly cleaning, disinfecting, filling, and sealing, the structure with a plastic-like material. Your dentist will then use a crown or filling to cap off the top so that the tooth stays well protected and fully functional.

Concerned about your dental health? Give us a call

Call Sweet Tooth Dental in Kona, HI, today at 808-329-0889 if you are experiencing oral pain—our dentists can have you back to smiling in no time!