At Sampson Dental Group, we are committed to make every effort to save your natural teeth. One of the ways we do this is through endodontics, also commonly known as root canal therapy. Learn how endodontics can help restore your smile and improve your oral health!
Do I Need a Root Canal?
While tooth decay affects most people at some point, it can often be dealt with by a simple filling, which prevents additional decay and restores the tooth to its regular look and function. In severe cases, the decay can progress to the point that it is a threat to the very nerve that keeps that tooth alive.
When tooth decay has progressed deep within the tooth, a root canal may be necessary to remove the tooth decay and save the natural tooth. If decay is left untreated, there will eventually be tremendous sensitivity and pain in that tooth. Deep decay will ultimately affect the pulp chamber deep inside the tooth. Tooth decay can come from an untreated cavity, a broken crown, or a cracked tooth. Any of these issues can provoke some painful symptoms, such as:
- Swelling and irritation to the gums
- Tooth discoloration
- Sensitivity to temperatures and pressure
- Difficulty eating and sleeping
With modern advances in dentistry, a simple root canal can be performed that will save the tooth from extraction. The treatment begins with the application of a local anesthetic. This is to keep the patient feeling pain-free and comfortable throughout the procedure. Once the area is sufficiently numbed, the dentist will drill a small hole through the crown of the tooth in order to remove the decay, any debris trapped in the root canal, and the damaged nerve. Next, the tooth is filled and sealed in order to prevent any additional infection. Finally, the tooth is capped with a crown to restore its natural look and function. While the tooth may be sensitive for a few days while it heals, the sharp pain of the decay will be eliminated and the tooth should soon feel whole and healthy once again.
One of the most beneficial aspects of a root canal is that it saves teeth that might have been extracted otherwise. Having a tooth is always better than missing a tooth. In addition to the obvious pain of a tooth extraction, a missing tooth can cause other problems for the patient, such as teeth near the missing tooth beginning to shift. This can cause bone structure to be lost and the jaw to become misaligned.
A root canal can also relieve a lot of pain. The infection that necessitates a root canal is caused by painful issues like fractures, nerve damage and deep cavities. Root canal therapy will eliminate this pain and allow the tooth to become strong and healthy again.
Finally, a root canal is a simple procedure. Root canals may have an infamous reputation among dental patients, but the reality is that they can be performed rather quickly with little to no pain or discomfort.
If you are experiencing tooth pain and think you might be in need of a root canal, call our office right away! Our highly trained team will be able to examine your mouth and determine if root canal therapy is the best option for your smile. If you live in Westerville, OH, don’t wait, contact us today!