A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. You would certainly notice the tooth pain coming from a tooth that needs treatment and it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible if you’re noticing any tooth pain. Failing to treat this kind of problem can lead to a serious infection or even an abscess, which, in addition to being painful, can lead to bone loss or complete loss of the tooth.
Root canals are not nearly as scary and painful as they used to be. The procedure starts with X-rays to measure the extent of the tooth decay. After some numbing, the dentist will begin the work of cleaning out the diseased pulp from the tooth as well as removing any surface decay. After the disease is removed and the inside of the tooth has dried and drained, the tooth is filled and cemented and you’ll be feeling much better.
Dentistry at Carolina Forest will perform root canals on the anterior (front teeth back to the canine teeth) and bicuspid (premolar) teeth in our Carolina Forest office. For patients needing molar root canals we refer to an endodontist.