Root Canal Treatments
When decay gets into the soft inside core of your tooth, it can become inflamed or infected or even necrotic (dead). This soft core contains the dental pulp, which consists of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues that extend into the root in your jawbone.
At Dunes Dental Services, we practice conservative dentistry, which means that our goal is to save your tooth and prevent an extraction. A root canal procedure is often the necessary step to accomplish this.
When you have a root canal procedure, we will clean out the decay, remove all of the diseased tissue within the tooth, disinfect the area, fill the empty roots, and seal it with a special filling to prevent re-infection. Sometimes a second root canal procedure will be needed. The treatment will leave your tooth more fragile, so we often cover the tooth with a crown.
The following are some of the signs and symptoms that indicate you might need a root canal treatment:
– Persistent pain (this can be deep tooth pain or referred pain in your jaw, face, or other teeth)
– Pain when you eat or touch the tooth
– Sensitivity to heat and cold
– Tooth discoloration (damaged roots may give the tooth a grayish appearance)
– Swollen gums near the painful tooth
– Chipped or cracked tooth (this can cause bacteria to get into the soft core)
– Tooth mobility (your tooth may feel looser)
Please keep in mind that these symptoms can also be associated with other dental issues as well. The sooner a tooth that is in need of a root canal can be treated, the better the outcome will be. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact us to schedule an appointment.