Decaying teeth can fall out if they’re not promptly treated. At Palmetto Family Dental in Zebulon, Palmetto, and McDonough, Georgia, Jordan Brunson, DDS, Kirsten Jordan, DMD, and the expert dental team offer root canal therapy to help prevent the need for extraction of severely decayed or infected teeth. Schedule an appointment with Palmetto Family Dental by phone or online at the first sign of tooth pain.
A root canal is a restorative dental procedure in which your provider at Palmetto Family Dental repairs a severely decayed or infected tooth. They clean out the inside of a tooth, or its pulp, and fill it with special dental materials. Doing so can prevent further decay, tooth loss, and the need for tooth extraction.
Some signs and symptoms that may indicate you need a root canal include:
Not all types of tooth decay require a root canal. In less severe cases, your provider might recommend a filling, inlay, onlay, or crown. If your tooth is beyond repair and requires extraction, your provider can use a bridge or dental implant to replace the tooth with an artificial one.
To find out if you require a root canal, your Palmetto Family Dental provider reviews your symptoms and dental history. They examine your teeth and gums and take dental X-rays to determine the type and severity of your tooth damage.
Prior to a root canal at Palmetto Family Dental, your provider numbs the treatment area so you don’t feel any pain. They make an opening in the top of your tooth to gain access to the inside of it, or the pulp chamber.
Your provider uses special dental instruments to remove the infected or diseased pulp. They clean and disinfect the area, fill the root canal chamber with special dental materials, and place a filling on top. Your provider might put a crown on the newly restored tooth to strengthen it and protect it from future damage.
After a root canal, your tooth might be a little sensitive for a few days. Take over-the-counter pain relievers to enhance comfort. Contact Palmetto Family Dental if your filling or crown becomes loose or damaged.
Protect your teeth and gums by brushing twice daily, flossing daily, eating a healthy diet, and seeing your dentist every six months for routine cleanings and dental exams. Avoid chewing on hard objects or opening packages with your teeth.
Don’t let tooth pain progress to the point of severe decay or tooth loss. Schedule an appointment with Palmetto Family Dental by phone or online today to find out if you need a root canal.