You have just been told that the only solution for the pain in your tooth is the dreaded Root Canal. Do not panic: We will explain the procedure and make your comfort throughout a priority. Offering top quality root canal treatments to Summerville residents for many years, Ammons Dental By Design is your number one choice for a stress- and pain-free procedure.
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What is a Root Canal?
A root canal treatment is performed to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or has become infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.
Symptoms indicating the need for root canal treatment include:
Spontaneous pain or throbbing while biting.
Sensitivity to hot and cold foods.
Severe decay or an injury that creates an abscess (infection) in the bone.
Symptoms Of a Root Canal Include Infected/Inflamed Pulp Tissue
Technically “root canal” is not the name of the procedure but refers instead simply to the natural cavity found in the center of the tooth. The pulp or pulp chamber is the soft area inside the root canal. The tooth’s nerve lies within the root canal. Occasionally, the internal soft tissue (or pulp) of the tooth becomes infected and can result in a serious infection if left untreated.
In fact, the procedure that laymen refer to as a “root canal” is actually known as a pulpectomy to dentists. A pulpectomy is an endodontic treatment to cure an infected root canal. In the old days, damage to the core of a tooth usually meant it had to be removed. Today, however, a “root canal” procedure (or pulpectomy) disinfects and refills the inside of the tooth, thus preventing pain and limiting damage to the tooth.
The Root Canal Treatment Procedure
The procedure is typically completed within one or two visits to our office, depending on the extent of the bacterial damage. The steps are as follows:
The tooth is first anesthetized, and then a hole is made down into the pulp.
Tiny instruments are utilized to extract the infected pulp and remaining bacteria from the tooth, thoroughly disinfecting the root canal in the process.
If the damage is severe, pain relief medication may be applied at this stage of the process. A second appointment would then be required in order to allow the area to adequately heal.
Once disinfected and/or time taken to heal, the interior of the tooth is filled with an inert material that helps prevent further infection or a relapse of the problem.
To complete the treatment, a dental crown is placed over the affected tooth to restore its structure, function, and aesthetic appeal.
At Ammons Dental By Design, we are trained to handle the majority of root canal cases. In the rare difficult cases, you may be referred to a root canal specialist.
To find out more or set up an appointment for a root canal treatment in Summerville, SC, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Ammons and team today.