Root Canal Treatment
A root canal is a common dental procedure that may be needed when you have an infected tooth.
Because root canals have had such a bad rap over the years, you probably dread the thought of having one. But with today’s modern endodontic treatment, a root canal doesn’t need to be scary. In fact, having a root canal is just as easy as having a tooth filled.
If you have a throbbing, persistent toothache, don’t let unfounded fears get in the way of calling the dentist. Dental pain is never normal—and it isn’t likely to go away on its own.
Call us if you have a toothache that is becoming unbearable. Dr. Tony Pilgrim is an experienced dentist who can keep you comfortable while eliminating your tooth pain—and saving your natural tooth.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Most people have heard of root canals, but few know what is actually involved. Understanding the root canal helps to eliminate the mystery surrounding this treatment—and, hopefully, the fear as well.
The roots of your teeth contain small tunnel-like structures to accommodate nerves and blood vessels. If bacteria get into these tunnels, usually when a tooth is damaged or decayed, they can become infected. In most cases, the infection is extremely painful.
To treat the infection, your dentist needs to get to the root canals as well as the soft interior of your tooth, which is called the pulp.
Because the infection can spread to your healthy teeth, it must be treated. Dr. Pilgrim will first numb the area so the procedure is pain-free, then he will create a tiny hole in the tooth.
Using special dental instruments, Dr. Pilgrim will remove the infected pulp and the damaged nerves of the tooth. Once all the bacteria are cleaned out, he may use an antibiotic to ensure no infection remains before filling and sealing the tooth.
In most cases, Dr. Pilgrim will recommend a crown to strengthen the remaining tooth structure, which can potentially become brittle after the procedure.
Symptoms That Could Mean You Need a Root Canal
Only after performing a thorough examination can your dentist can determine if you need a root canal. However, some of the symptoms you might experience that could indicate root canal infection include:
- Severe toothache pain
- Extra sensitivity to temperature variations
- Tenderness and swelling
- An abscess that looks like a pimple on the gums
If you are experiencing any of these, call our office immediately. Putting off treatment will prolong your pain and increase your risk of tooth loss.
Call Us if You Are Experiencing Dental Pain
If you have a toothache that seems to be getting worse, give us a call. Just remember that the toothache pain is far worse than the root canal itself will be. A root canal will not only eliminate your pain, but it can also save your tooth.