Are you experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity? Notice your tooth is discoloring? You may be in need of root canal treatment. When a tooth becomes severely damaged, decayed or infected, the center of the tooth known as the pulp (containing nerve and blood supply) can also be affected, causing a range of symptoms including discomfort and pain. Ultimately, the tooth can die due to nutrients not being provided to the tooth. Fortunately, a root canal can potentially save your tooth.
Wondering if you may need endodontic treatment? Some common symptoms of an infected, decayed or damaged tooth root include:
The goal of endodontic therapy is to save the tooth from having to be extracted, resulting in a missing tooth and more costly and invasive treatment options. During your root canal therapy, a tiny hole will be created in the affected tooth to allow your dentist to properly clean and disinfect the root canal, removing any bacteria and infection. Once completely cleaned, the affected tooth is sealed to help prevent any additional infection.
A temporary dental crown will also be placed on your tooth following the procedure while a permanent crown is fabricated. Placing a dental crown provides additional protection and strength for your tooth, reducing the chances you will experience future problems. The dental crown will also restore the appearance of your tooth, making it match with other healthy teeth in your smile.
Think that you may need to see a general dentist for root canal therapy? Contact Wheatland Dental today to schedule your appointment. We would be more than happy to examine your tooth and determine if a root canal is your best option.