Root canals are one of the most common dental procedures that occur in the U.S. That’s because they are a simple and effective way to save your original teeth and preserve your smile. If you have a tooth that has severe decay or is deeply infected, you may want to consider having a root canal procedure.
Inside your tooth, there is a soft substance called pulp. There is also a nerve which allows you to feel sensations. If your tooth has become so compromised that the pulp becomes exposed, you risk infection. If you have a deep cavity or a fracture in your tooth, bacteria then invades it and causes the infection. Left untreated, the infection may cause a painful abscess.
Symptoms Of Infection
You will likely notice your tooth is infected by the following signs: gums that are swollen, greater sensitivity to heat and cold, or a sudden toothache. You may also experience pain when biting or chewing, or you may notice your face is swollen. Choosing not to treat your infection can result in losing the tooth entirely.
Some hear the words “root canal” and get extremely nervous. In fact, at Greenway Family Dental we work to make the procedure as comfortable and pain-free as possible.
First, Dr. Steele will numb the tooth. He will then thoroughly clean and clear the canals of your tooth and may place medicine inside your tooth. The canals are then sealed. Typically, a crown will be added to protect the tooth from further infection.
Benefits of a Root Canal
Saving your tooth through root canal therapy is a wise choice that can result in many advantages. Most likely, you will be able to eat your food more easily with more efficient chewing. You’ll also restore your bite and likely improve the appearance of your smile. In addition, once your tooth is fixed, this protects the rest of your teeth from extra wear and strain.