Rather Have a Root Canal?
If a nerve within one of your teeth has contracted a disease, a root canal is the best option to save that tooth. Advances in dental medicine have provided this solution to nerve problems, and although it sounds daunting to have a root canal, this oral surgery is fairly simple and can save you a whole lot of hassle down the line. In just a few visits to Carolina Complete Dental you can better care for your teeth and your life!
Why do I need a root canal?
Once a tooth has emerged from the gums, the nerve below the tooth tells us if we are drinking hot coffee or cold soda. Nerves only become a problem when deep cavities or cracks in our teeth let bacteria inside—this leads to infections, abscesses, swelling, and severe pain. If not treated, the infected nerve can cause harm to your jawbone, resulting in a loss of the tooth, and serious general health problems.
How do I know if I need a root canal?
If you are experiencing extreme sensitivity to hot and cold, a severe toothache that intensifies as you chew, swelling or tenderness in the surrounding gums, or dark discoloration of the tooth, it is best to get in as soon as possible to see Goose Creek dentist, Dr. Barganier.
It also important to keep in mind that not all diseased nerves cause pain, so be sure to get regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist!
What to expect from a root canal procedure
An endodontist specializes in root canals, and the root canal procedure is relative to the unique patient, but can take up to three visits in the office in order to fix the damage.
First, your doctor will administer anesthesia to numb your mouth, and then they will remove the infected nerve and surrounding tissue. Once the tooth is free of the damage, your dentist will clean and seal the inside of your tooth, and apply a dental composite to fill the tooth. If the damage is severe enough to compromise the structure of your tooth, a crown may be necessary to prevent further infection. Otherwise, the root canal is finished!
As a friendly reminder, continue to go to Carolina Complete Dental, and meet with Dr. Barganier for regular checkups, while still flossing and brushing regularly at home. This will ensure that your smile and your mouth will stay healthy for the rest of your life!