Minor tooth decay or fractures caused by an injury can often be treated with basic restorative methods like fillings. Significant internal damage that threatens the life of the tooth, however, requires a root canal treatment (also called a “root canal”) to restore this tooth to its full function.
If you think you may need one, don’t worry! Modern root canal treatments aren’t much different from getting a filling - routine and relatively painless.
Some of the signs that you have a compromised tooth may include the feeling of discomfort while chewing or consuming hot and cold beverages or foods. You may also experience a dull ache or a spontaneous ache. An abscessed tooth may be present such as a gum swelling at the site of the tooth. Or, you may simply have no outward sign or discomfort at all.
There really is no way of knowing for sure without a dental examination.
The Root Canal
The root canal runs through the length of the tooth and is the life, blood supply, and nerve supply of the tooth. This life supply of the tooth is essential for its color and function!
When the pulp or nerve supply is damaged, it becomes susceptible to infection. It can also cause discomfort or create a pocket of infection called an abscess, which is potentially life-threatening if left untreated.
In a root canal treatment, we solve the problem by removing the affected nerve tissue entirely.
As a result, your natural tooth is now sealed off from infection. This effectively stops the process of decay, after which your tooth can last a lifetime with proper care.
The root canal treatment is far more routine than many people think, and much less invasive than a surgical tooth removal procedure.
Dr. Abell and the staff of Harbor Point Dentistry have both the experience and commitment to compassionate dentistry you want when a root canal treatment is needed.
If you’re anxious about your dental issue, come talk to us about it. We’ll do everything we can to put your fears to rest and make a plan you feel comfortable with.