Greensboro cosmetic dentist explains root canal therapy is not a dental surgery
A toothache can be a sign of a variety of issues. When toothaches occur, patients are urged to visit their dental practice as soon as possible as they may require treatments such as oral surgery. Greensboro area cosmetic dentists, Drs. Steven Hatcher and Sona Isharani, believe in providing services that allow patients the opportunity to maintain as much of their natural smile as possible.
What might a toothache mean?
Toothaches may indicate several problems that can arise with the smile. The first is a cavity. Cavities may become large and uncomfortable. Another is an abscess. Injury to a tooth may cause damage to the dental pulp, which can become inflamed and infected. When these situations occur, there are two options: root canal therapy or extraction. Our practice advises patients to keep their natural tooth structure whenever possible, so we may suggest root canal therapy.
What is root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy, or endodontic therapy, is the simple process of removing the dental pulp from inside of the tooth. The dental pulp is the mass of tissues that include the nerves and blood supply. When this mass becomes infected, patients may experience pain and discomfort that can only be resolved by removing the pulp, or the tooth. Root canal therapy is done right in our dental office with local anesthetics and proper sedation to ensure patient comfort throughout. Afterwards, patients may require the placement of a dental crown for added strength.
Drs. Steven Hatcher and Sona Isharani provide a wide range of general, restorative, and cosmetic treatment options for patients interested in quality dental work in the Greensboro area. Contact our practice today at (336) 383-1482 to schedule an appointment. We are currently accepting new patients. Our state-of-the-art office is conveniently located at 2516-A Oakcrest Avenue, in Greensboro.