Save Your Tooth with a Root Canal
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is the most common restorative treatment because it is effective for rehabilitating a compromised tooth, such as one that has significant decay or an infection. When a cavity extends beyond the enamel and the dentin, it can infect the inner-most layer of the tooth, known as the pulp. A root canal extracts the pulp and seals the tooth to prevent future damage while restoring its health.
Do I Need a Root Canal?
Although root canals are common, your dentist in Murphy only recommends one when there are no other viable treatment options. Signs that may indicate you need the procedure can include:
- Significant pain when eating or placing pressure on the tooth.
- Lingering sensitivity when eating or drinking something that is hot or cold.
- A pimple-like bump appearing near the tooth.
- Darkening of the tooth.
- Tenderness or swelling of the gum tissue.
Why Should I Have One?
Often, it is thought extracting the tooth is the convenient solution. While it will give you quick relief, it causes long-term complications. Every tooth has an important role in promoting your oral health and functions. When even one is missing, your ability to chew and speak decline. Not to mention, issues below the surface occur, like the loss of your bone density. Over time, this can lead to an increased risk of cavities, gum disease, and additional missing teeth if the tooth is not replaced.
It is best to save your tooth with a root canal to prevent future issues that can negatively impact your oral health and your quality of life.
What Can I Expect During the Treatment?
An anesthetic is used to numb the area to allow the decay and pulp to be removed. Your tooth is sterilized before it is sealed using a special material known as gutta-percha. Now, the health of your tooth has been reinstated.
To protect it from future damage and to restore its function and appearance, a custom-made dental crown is placed over it. Impressions of your mouth allow it to be designed to meet your exact size, shape, and color needs to look like a real tooth. With the right aftercare, your crown will last for an average of 10 years before needing to be replaced.
Save Your Smile Today!
If a decayed, cracked, or infected tooth is causing you pain, do not have it pulled. Woodcreek Family Dental has the solution you need to save your tooth. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.