Getting To The “Root” Of Your Dental Problems
At Highland Dental, our priority is restoring your oral health and doing everything we can to save your natural teeth. One treatment we use to save teeth is a root canal. Oftentimes, patients become extremely nervous upon learning they need a root canal because of the way the treatment is portrayed in movies and on TV. In reality, a root canal treatment is more like an involved filling and eliminates discomfort, allowing you to eat, drink and smile again.
What is a Root Canal?
Teeth are composed of various layers. The enamel is the outer covering of the tooth and the strongest substance in the body; however, it is not indestructible. When decay develops and is not treated in a timely fashion it continues to grow until it reaches the inside of the tooth, known as the pulp. When the pulp becomes infected, a root canal is needed. A root canal is also recommended when a patient has trauma to the mouth and the tooth is severely damaged. The process involves removing any decay from the tooth until the pulp is reached. The infected pulp is then removed, the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected, and the hole is filled and sealed closed. Many patients will need to complete the process with a dental crown because the existing tooth structure is too damaged.
Signs You Need a Root Canal
Delaying hygiene examinations and recommended treatments will only lead to oral health complications. When you experience extreme discomfort, there is definitely a problem. If you notice discomfort of any kind or one of these symptoms, you may need a root canal:
- Frequent tooth sensitivity to cold and hot
- Swollen and tender gums
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Discomfort in teeth with fillings or a dental crown
Please don’t postpone treatment for a tooth that is causing you discomfort or delay a treatment that has been recommended. If an infected tooth is left untreated, it will not heal on its own and will cause more damage to your jaw and body over time. If you have not visited our office located in St. Paul, MN recently or are feeling tooth discomfort, please call us today to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!