Teeth are living things. Just like a cut on your finger can become infected, so too can teeth experience infection, disease, and decay. When this happens, one of the best options for the tooth in question and your oral health, in general, is a root canal.
The term “root canal” has some negative connotations associated with it. The reality is, however, that root canals are a safe, even preferable solution, in the case of a tooth infection.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
Your tooth is more than just the white crown you see above the surface of your gums. The “root” part of a tooth is the area of the tooth below the surface of the gum that houses the living parts of the tooth. Below the crown, in the center of the tooth, lies the pulp cavity. The pulp cavity is where the nerve endings of a tooth are stored.
Those nerve endings in the pulp extend down toward the bottom of the tooth, in two separate strings that go down either side of the tooth. These are known as the root canals.
When your tooth is cracked or chipped or sustains a serious cavity, the pulp of your tooth is in danger of becoming infected. Once a tooth infection has formed, a root canal might be necessary.
Endodontics is the field of dentistry that can successfully treat a tooth infection of this sort and relieve the severe toothaches that come with it. A root canal is a common endodontic procedure that can do exactly that.
You may need a root canal if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Extreme toothache.
- Abscessed tooth.
- Ongoing sensitivity to cold or hot temperatures.
- Discoloration of the tooth.
- Swelling/tenderness of gums.
Dr. Beveridge did an excellent job on hoping to save a critical tooth of mine. I had suggested an approach to save me money and protect my physical medical
condition. Doctor agreed and proceeded as suggested. Took great care in completing the task at hand. His dental assistant was very helpful as well. Explaining what was being done and making certain I was comfortable throughout the entire process. See you again soon.
Bob S. | September 19, 2019
What Happens During a Root Canal?
The root canal procedure cleans out the infected pulp and nerve in the root of a tooth. Once the area has been cleaned out, it will be filled and sealed off to prevent further tooth infection. A crown will then be placed over the top of your natural tooth to protect it and restore it to full use again.
More importantly, what happens during a root canal is that we save your tooth! Rather than extracting the tooth, we can clear out a tooth infection, relieve the severe toothaches, and help you keep your tooth in place.
Let Us Save Your Teeth!
If you think you might need a root canal, call our office today to set up an appointment. We look forward to restoring your dental health while preserving your teeth and your smile.