Hearing that you need a root canal may cause you stress or anxiety. However, we want to assure you that root canal therapy at Tryon Family Dentistry has never been easier and more comfortable for our patients. This is because our doctors are both highly skilled, and our office is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that makes this procedure more efficient and relaxed for our patients. Root canals are usually reserved for cases that have severe tooth infections that did not get addressed early on. A cavity that does not get a tooth filling will grow and cause deeper infection and tooth decay. This prompts the need for a root canal. Here’s what you can expect if you need root canal therapy.
WHAT IS A ROOT CANAL?Root canal treatments are necessary to remove bacteria from an infected root canal. This ensures that your natural tooth is saved. During a root canal treatment, we will remove the pulp that is infected or inflamed to provide relief. The interior of your tooth will then be cleaned and filled. This should only be done by a reputable general dentist.
HOW DO ROOT CANAL TREATMENTS WORK?While many patients fear their root canal treatments, you can be sure that they will provide relief in the long run. Knowing how the treatment works could put your mind at ease. The pulp can be found under the enamel and dentin, a hard layer. Pulp is a soft tissue made up of blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerves. These components contribute to the development of your teeth. However, once your tooth is fully developed, it no longer requires this soft tissue. This pulp can get infected over time. During a root canal treatment, we will remove the infected pulp. When you rely on us for all your dental services, you can expect long-lasting results to provide permanent relief.
When Do I Need a Root Canal?Root canals are often associated with pain because if you need one, it is likely that you are already experiencing discomfort. If your tooth becomes injured, decayed, fractured or traumatized, the pulp or nerve may become infected. When that happens, you will likely feel pain or a toothache. A root canal removes the infected tissue inside your tooth, which eliminates your infection, relieves your discomfort, and protects your natural tooth structure.
SIGNS THAT YOU NEED A ROOT CANALYou could need a root canal for several reasons, such as:
- Cracked or damaged tooth.
- Deep cavity.
- Problematic fillings.
- Extreme pain and discomfort while chewing.
- Damaged or cracked tooth.
- Pimples on your gums.
- Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold food and beverages that lingers.
- Sensitive, darkened, or swollen gums.
- Deep decay.