Relieve Tooth Pain with Gentle Root Canal Therapy
A root canal is the process of removing infected soft tissue (a.k.a., dental pulp) from the inside of a tooth. Today’s root canals are gentle, safe and can save a natural tooth from needing to be extracted. Millions of people have avoided tooth loss, thanks to modern root canal therapy.
If it has been recommended that you have a root canal, Dentistry of Sugar Hill can help. We can gently remove the infected portion of the affected tooth and preserve its structural integrity. After treatment, you can enjoy restored chewing and biting function and no pain. With the right care, the affected tooth can function like any other natural, healthy tooth.
Do I Need a Root Canal?
You may need a root canal if the dental pulp of one of your teeth becomes inflamed or infected. The pulp is located inside the tooth, underneath the layers of enamel and dentin in the pulp chamber and root canals, which extend from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the tooth’s roots. The material contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. Although dental pulp is important to the growth and development of the tooth, a mature tooth can survive without it after root canal.
Several things can cause dental pulp to become inflamed or infected:
- traumatic injury to the tooth
- multiple procedures on the tooth
- cracks or chips in the enamel
Inflamed or infected dental pulp must be treated; if it is not, it can lead to more serious dental problems like an abscess.
The following symptoms could indicate that you need a root canal:
- pain or discomfort
- sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages
- tooth discoloration
In some cases, there are no symptoms of a problem. Only an X-ray can confirm the need for root canal.
Prior to root canal, the tooth is numbed for a completely comfortable experience. You should not feel any pain during the treatment.
An opening is created in the crown of the tooth, and infected, inflamed or dead dental pulp is removed from the pulp chamber and root canals. The spaces are carefully disinfected and shaped. The canals are then filled with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha or something similar. The root canals are completely sealed off to prevent any bacteria or debris from entering the space. A temporary filling may be placed over the tooth to protect its opening and later replaced with a permanent restoration.
After root canal therapy, your tooth should look, feel and function just like a natural, healthy tooth. Teeth that have had a root canal can last many years with the proper care and attention. You should be able to enjoy your favorite foods, and speak and smile confidently, thanks to root canal therapy.
Learn More about Root Canal Therapy
If you are experiencing tooth pain or serious sensitivity, or if you have been told you need a root canal, Dentistry of Sugar Hill can help. Please call or email our office to request a consultation with our team and discuss your options.