In the past, extraction was often the only option for a painful, infected tooth. Luckily, with modern dental technology, an untold number of problem teeth are saved each day through root canal therapy.
A root canal becomes necessary when an infection in a tooth spreads into the pulp — the inner chamber of a tooth that houses nerves, blood vessels and other tissue. These infections can be caused by a number of things, including deep decay, faulty crowns or cracks or chips in the tooth.
After reaching the pulp, the infection can travel down to the root of a tooth, bringing with it a number of problems. During this phase, the tooth can become quite painful and sensitive. If left unchecked, the gums may begin to develop abscesses, which, in turn, can lead to even more significant problems.
During a root canal treatment, the damaged tissue is removed, halting the spread of infection. Sometimes the tooth is packed with a filler material to aid recovery. After a thorough cleaning and disinfecting, healthy tissue is able to regrow as the pulp heals.
Root canal treatment helps you maintain your smile, allows you to continue eating your favorite foods and ultimately limits the need for ongoing dental work. The numerous benefits of root canal treatment and the relatively simple nature of the procedure make it a very effective method of saving teeth that may otherwise have been lost. Though root canals have a stigma surrounding them, the trained professionals at Signature Smiles Family Dentistry do all they can to make sure your root canal experience is as comfortable as possible. If you have questions about receiving a root canal treatment, please give our office a call to speak with one of our friendly staff members. We look forward to helping you restore your smile.