What is a Root Canal (Endodontics)?
If you have an abscessed tooth or a tooth infection, a root canal can save your remaining tooth structure and prevent the infection from spreading. Endodontics deals with the inner workings of your tooth, including the tooth pulp. Root canal therapy is an important part of endodontics that allows us to preserve teeth after you’ve experienced an abscessed tooth or tooth infection.
Benefits of a Root Canal
- Prevent Further Damage – Saving a tooth can help prevent the issue from spreading or worsening.
- Preserve Your Smile – A root canal allows you to preserve your full, beautiful smile.
- Relieve Toothache – When you have a bad tooth, you may be in a lot of physical discomfort. A tooth infection or abscessed tooth can lead to sensitivity and swelling. A root canal can alleviate these symptoms.
How Does a Root Canal Work?
- Prepare the Tooth – Before any work can begin, we want to numb the tooth and surrounding tissue. Speak to your dentist about your anesthesia options. Once we are sure you’re comfortable, we’ll prepare the tooth for the root canal.
- Remove the Infection – During the root canal, your dentist will remove all of the infected tissue and pulp. Your dentist will sterilize and medicate the area and replace the pulp with a special material called gutta-percha.
- Place the Crown – After your root canal, we’ll restore your tooth. Sometimes with a filling, but usually with a dental crown. The dental crown will protect your remaining tooth structure and preserve the tooth’s shape and functionality.
After the process is complete, you can feel comfortable again and won’t have to experience any toothache from that infection or abscess again.
Don’t Put Off a Root Canal!
Here at Gastonia Dental Group, we know the importance of a timely root canal. Make sure you see your dentist to save your tooth and prevent further complications. Schedule an appointment today!