At Tylan Creek Family Dentistry, we work hard to help patients from Powdersville, Greenwood, and Simpsonville change the way they think of visiting the dentist. While our kind, knowledgeable dentistry team makes even the most anxious patients feel at home, there’s still one treatment the bravest patients dread – root canals. We’ve got great news for you. Root canals actually relieve toothache pain and save teeth that would otherwise be extracted. If you want to learn more about root canal therapy or any of our other treatments, call our dental team to find out more or schedule a consultation. We almost always see patients in need of root canal on an emergency basis, so please don’t hesitate to call our team as soon as you notice any of the warning signs of root canal infection.
Root canal therapy is also called endodontic treatment. Endodontics is one of the nine specialty areas within the field of dentistry. The word is a compound of endo meaning inside and odont meaning tooth. The field of endodontics treats oral health concerns that effect the inside of the tooth. A root canal is a specific treatment that is recommended when patients have damage, decay, or infection that accesses the very innermost layer of the tooth called the pulp. Within the pulp, the tooth’s nerve system is housed. When damage or decay accesses this dental nerve, the result is the painful toothache and dental sensitivity that often precede the need for root canal therapy.
The only way to know for sure that you need a root canal is to visit a skilled dentist or endodontist for an examination. However, most patients in need of root canal therapy are treated on an emergency basis because they notice one or more of the following warning signs:
Root canal therapy is completed over the course of several appointments. In most cases, the first visit is an emergency appointment. Whenever possible, we’ll complete the first phase of treatment during this initial appointment to prevent any further pain. We begin by numbing the area around the tooth. Then, we drill a hole from the top of the tooth to the innermost layer, and we extract the pulp and nerve system through that access hole. If the tooth or surrounding tissue is infected, we may need to use oral or topical antibiotics to treat the tooth before continuing treatment. Once all infection is removed, we reseal the access hole. Then, a dental crown is placed to protect and strengthen the treated tooth.