Root canal treatment may be able to save a severely decayed or damaged tooth. The team at The Oaks Dental Group will make sure you’re relaxed and comfortable throughout the procedure.
What is a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy is performed to treat and save a badly decayed, damaged or infected tooth. During the procedure, your Greenville dentist removes the infected or inflamed pulp, which is the living material inside of the tooth. The empty space is then cleaned, disinfected and filled with specialized dental materials before being sealed.
While a lot of people have anxiety about getting a root canal, thanks to modern techniques, local anesthetics and technology, the procedure is similar to getting a filling. Our team will work with you to ensure the process is painless and you feel relaxed.
What are the Signs That You Need a Root Canal?
The only way to know for certain whether or not you need root canal therapy is to have your tooth evaluated by a dentist. However, these are some common signs that you may require a root canal:
- You have an abscess, or pimple, on the gums surrounding the tooth
- Your tooth is sensitive to hot and cold food and beverages
- You experience severe, recurring tooth pain
- The gums around the affected tooth are swollen and tender
It’s important to note that some patients have no symptoms at all. This highlights the value in visiting your Greenville, SC dentist for routine check-ups. Regular visits will allow your dentist to diagnose issues in their earliest stages and treat them before they get worse. At The Oaks Dental Group, our goal is always to prevent serious dental problems, so you can have a healthy, pain-free smile.
When is a Root Canal Needed?
Root canal treatment can be necessary for a variety of reasons. Most commonly, your dentist will suggest a root canal if:
Decay reaches the pulp of your tooth
If decay reaches the inside of your tooth, a root canal may be able to prevent the need for a tooth extraction.
You have an infection or abscess
A root canal will be necessary if you develop an infection inside of your tooth or on the root tip.
You experience an injury or trauma
A root canal could be indicated to preserve a tooth that has been damaged due to an accident or injury.