When it’s found that a tooth has severe decay, a root canal is one option available that will allow the tooth to be saved. There’s no need to be worried if this procedure is prescribed to treat the damaged and diseased tooth. Millions of teeth are saved through this procedure each year. Dr. Steven Hatcher and his team at Triad Dentistry have provided this procedure for years in a stress-free and comfortable environment. Dr. Hatcher’s caring, well-trained team strives to provide the highest level of quality dentistry for patients in the Greensboro, NC area.
Within your tooth, underneath the dentin and enamel, lies a soft tissue called pulp. The pulp within a tooth consists of connective tissue, blood vessels and nerves, all of which aid the growth of your tooth’s root during its development. Once a tooth is fully developed, it can survive without this pulp because it will continue to be nourished by surrounding tissue.
During a root canal, this pulp and nerve tissue are removed, followed by cleaning and sealing the tooth. The term “root canal” is used to describe the natural cavity within the center of the tooth where this pulp and nerve tissue are removed. Without treatment, a tooth’s tissue can become infected causing abscesses to form.
When the pulp or nerve tissue becomes damaged inside a tooth, it begins to break down allowing bacteria to multiply within the pulp chamber. This can lead to an infection of the tooth and/or an abscessed tooth (a pocket that forms at the end of a tooth’s root, which can fill with pus). An infection or abscess can lead to:
A root canal may need to be performed when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. Some other reasons for a root canal may include:
Additionally, an injury to a tooth (even one that results in no visible chips/cracks) may damage pulp. If pulp infection goes untreated, it is likely that there will be noticeable pain and it can lead to an abscess.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may need a root canal:
The need for a root canal, if not detected early, will present itself (very often) through significant pain in the tooth, so the infection shouldn’t go unnoticed for long. If you experience any pain or symptoms as presented above, you should call Dr. Hatcher immediately to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Hatcher was very direct and realistic about the work I need to have done but not in a condescending or hurried manner. I appreciated that his approach is not to just "fix" my teeth and send me on my way. He was more interested in presenting an overall plan to restore my dental health. From the way his support staff answers the phone to their approach in the office, it's obvious that they care and respect patients.
When a patient thinks of a root canal procedure, it most likely induces stress and anxiety for them. Dr. Hatcher wants the experience to be as pain-free as possible using local anesthetics. Once the area is numbed, an access point will be made in the tooth so that the pulp chamber is exposed. Using sterilized and safe instruments, Dr. Hatcher will clean out the infection by removing the pulp from the tooth before cleaning and disinfecting the canal. Dr. Hatcher will then fill the canal and seal it and, depending on the situation, may choose to crown the tooth for extra protection. The dental crown is made in-house using a CEREC machine and may be placed during the same appointment the root canal was performed.
There are several benefits of a root canal procedure, including:
It’s important to take tooth pain or aches very seriously, as they could be symptoms of more serious problems. For an experience that will leave you comfortable and at ease, please give Dr. Hatcher and his team at Triad Dentistry a call today at (336) 383-1482 to set up an appointment.
If you’re have extreme tooth pain and discomfort, it’s possible you may be facing significant decay and need a root canal. A root canal has been proven in saving millions of teeth a year. Dr. Steven Hatcher provides quality dental care and encourages you to come schedule a visit with him if you have any dental concerns.