Dr. Fisher and the rest of our team always strive to do what is best for your smile. Sometimes, we may have to use root canal therapy, oftentimes simply called a root canal, to save a badly damaged or infected tooth. As you’ll soon discover, this restorative treatment is both comfortable and effective.
A root canal in Greensboro is often necessary when decay or trauma exposes the inner layers of a tooth to the ravages of the outside world. Bacteria may sneak into the tooth’s root canal (a chamber that contains pulp and the tooth’s nerve), causing inflammation and a long list of unpleasant symptoms, including:
If you ever suspect you need a root canal, don’t delay your treatment! If you procrastinate too much, the infection in your tooth could spread into the surrounding area and attack your bone. You may also end up with a fever and other systemic health concerns. In extreme cases, bacteria from an infected tooth may even prove to be deadly if it doesn’t receive the proper treatment.
The goal of root canal therapy is to clean out the infected area of a tooth and remove its nerve. To accomplish this, your dentist in Greensboro:
Although major root canals may require multiple visits to our office, most of the time we can complete the procedure in a single appointment.
What about pain? Many people shy away from root canal therapy because they’re afraid that they’ll be squirming in agony while the dentist is working on their tooth — but you have nothing to be nervous about! In fact, thanks to today’s advanced analgesics and technology, the root canal process is very comfortable. Some patients even doze off while we’re working on them.
It’s possible that you’ll experience a bit of soreness or tissue inflammation after your procedure, but you should be able to manage your discomfort with over-the-counter analgesics. Follow-up care involves thorough home hygiene and regular dental visits for cleanings and checkups.
Some patients opt to have their tooth extracted rather than to save it via a root canal, but we often warn against this. If it at all possible, you should try to hold onto your natural tooth because:
Root canal therapy could save your tooth and relieve your pain! If you think you could benefit from this treatment, contact us right away.