Root Canal Therapy
When healthy teeth become infected or are damaged, their nerves often die. When the nerves die, the teeth die along with them. Often, the only way to save such an infected tooth is through a root canal. During a root canal, a tiny hole is drilled into the crown of the tooth, and the diseased dental pulp (which contains the dead nerves) is gently extracted or reshaped. Next, the tooth is sealed with a strong, natural-looking crown.
One of the biggest concerns of patients young and old when it comes to needing a root canal is “will it hurt?”, especially if they’ve had a bad experience somewhere else. The great news is that Hattiesburg, MS families know when they visit Dr. Guess and his team at dental professionals, they can trust that they will be comfortable and cared for. We know the stereotypes of visiting the dentist and how most don’t look forward to it, but at our office you’ll find that we do things different. Our patients comfort is a top priority for us and that’s why families feel safe referring friends and family to us for the same great care when it comes to a root canal and other dental needs.
What Is A Root Canal?
Root canal therapy (called endodontic therapy by dentists) is necessary after a cavity has gone untreated for an extended period of time. An untreated cavity will eventually begin to cause decay in the pulp tissue of the tooth. This decay can even extend through the root and down into the surrounding bone structure. Ultimately, this will have serious consequences in the way of major pain and possible health issues in the rest of your body. Infected pulp tissue will not heal on its own. This is when a dentist will need to perform root canal therapy on the infected pulp, the root, and down into the tooth canal. This is really the dentist’s last option to prevent the necessity of a tooth extraction. After the dentist has removed the infected tissue, he will fill the tooth canal in order to protect the tooth against repeated infection in the future. Usually, he will need to follow the root canal with a core build up and a crown for additional strength and protection to the tooth.
An infected tooth pulp will be recognizable by symptoms such as extra sensitivity to extreme temperatures, extra sensitivity to sugar-filled foods, intense pain, swelling, pain from the pressure of biting, or possibly at bad taste in the mouth of the patient. However, it is important to note that an infected pulp area may exhibit no noticeable symptoms and may only be discovered by a check up at the dentist office.
Traditionally, most patients shy away from any possibility of a root canal. It is crucial that patients understand that a root canal is a beneficial tool that is available to your dentist. It may be the only way that your dentist can resolve your extreme pain, deal with the infection, and still preserve your natural teeth. A skilled dentist with good training and experience will be able to conduct a root canal with nearly no pain.