If you have a problematic tooth, your dentist at Tylan Creek Family Dentistry may recommend root canal therapy. Don't be alarmed! Contrary to what you might have heard, root canals are pain free. You won't have to spend a painful day in the dentist's chair to save your tooth from extraction. Our office uses the latest technologies and techniques to keep you comfortable.
A root canal is more than a toothache treatment. The endodontic procedure is used to extract the pulp, which is the inner layer of a tooth. This can be necessary when a tooth is compromised from an infection or decay. However, it can also be used as a preventative method to save a tooth from additional damage.
Common signs you may need a root canal include:
After an initial consultation, you're scheduled for your procedure. Your dentist will administer a local numbing agent to block any pain, but you may still feel some pressure or unusual sensations.
Once you are numb, your dentist will make a hole in your tooth to gain access to your pulp. They will use special dental instruments to extract the pulp and clean the root chambers. Your tooth will be sterilized before being sealed with a special material called gutta-percha.
It's not unusual to require a dental crown along with root canal therapy. The customized cap covers the entire surface of a tooth above the gum line, providing an added layer of protection. It will also restore the tooth's function and appearance.
A crown is made of all-ceramic material to look like a real tooth. It can last for 10 years or more. You won't have to budget for replacements often with the correct aftercare, like brushing and flossing. Your dentist will explain if you'll require a crown during your consultation.
Extracting a tooth will eliminate the issue at the source, but it opens the door to many expensive complications. Every tooth is essential for a healthy, functional smile. Losing even one increases your risk of cavities, gum disease, and missing teeth. Although you may save money upfront, removing a tooth will lead to costly dental work later.
Root canal treatment will save your tooth to preserve your natural smile. You'll avoid many common issues caused by missing teeth and prevent expensive dental work down the road. You'll save money overall by treating your tooth.
If you need a root canal or want a second opinion, our dental team is here to help. Request an appointment online or call (864) 428-0213.