What is Root Canal Treatment?
When decay and infection make their way into the inside of your tooth, a root canal is usually the only option to save the tooth. Deep inside your tooth is the pulp that is composed of blood vessels and nerves. As the bacteria finds its way here, you will definitely begin to feel that something is wrong, experiencing one or all of the signs below:
- Toothaches. This could be persistent pain, it may throb at times and then subside, and it may get worse when you are eating or drinking. Note: Not all toothaches mean you need a root canal.
- Cracked or broken teeth. Trauma to a tooth can leave the tooth susceptible to bacteria and infection. It’s a free pass to get to the center of the tooth.
- Sensitivity. Sensitivity that lingers after drinking or eating something cold or hot may indicate trouble.
- Swelling. Swelling of the gums, jaw area, and face can indicate the infection is present. And, while it doesn’t always mean you need a root canal, it often does.
- Discoloration. A tooth that is suffering bad tooth decay will begin to change colors, often turning gray or black.
During a root canal treatment, the pulp of the tooth is removed and the infection and decay are cleared out of the tooth, allowing it to be sealed up so it can heal.
Benefits of Root Canal Treatment
One of the biggest benefits of root canal treatment is that you receive relief. When you have been dealing with persistent pain, sensitivity, and swelling, being freed from those things can be very welcome.
Another benefit of root canal treatment is that you can save the tooth. When the infection and decay reach the inside of the tooth, you usually only have two options - a root canal or extraction.
Are You a Good Candidate for Root Canal Treatment?
A good candidate would have any of the signs listed below:
- Jaw pain
- Swelling of gums, face, neck
- Tooth sensitivity
- Injury or trauma to tooth
- Blisters on gums
These signs may be indicative of other dental needs as well, so it is important to be evaluated by your dentist.
Why Choose Davis Gribble Hollowwa?
At Davis Gribble Hollowwa , we strive to provide our patients with a comfortable experience and the highest quality dental treatment. We have a dedicated team of professionals that keep our office flowing smoothly with organized efficiency. All of this together leads to elevated satisfaction amongst our patients.
If you find yourself with any of the signs of tooth decay that may have reached the pulp, you may need a root canal. And we are here to take the steps necessary to bring you relief - and heal your tooth. We even have an in-house lab to prepare your dental crown so that your tooth can be fully restored.
When you are ready, we have dental treatment options you can feel good about.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a root canal painful?
No. Local anesthetic is used and you will not feel any pain during the procedure. Afterward, you may experience some minor discomfort, but over-the-counter pain relievers can provide the relief you need.
Is a crown needed after a root canal?
It is recommended that you get a dental crown after a root canal to restore the integrity of the tooth. The hole inside will require a large filling - and that causes the walls of the tooth to lack strength. Further, if the tooth has been discolored due to decay, a crown can benefit cosmetically.
Is it better to get a root canal or have the tooth extracted?
It is always better to attempt to save a tooth rather than extract it. Removing a tooth impacts your jaw bone and the surrounding teeth, requiring additional procedures such as dental implants.