Root Canal Therapy
When tooth infection and decay has gone untreated for some time, the interior of the tooth can become compromised. This infection can cause serious discomfort for patients and eventually kill the tooth, requiring extraction. Sometimes a tooth can be saved from an extraction by using root canal therapy. If there is a good chance that we can save a permanent tooth, our dentist will recommend this treatment before an extraction. Root canal therapy is an effective treatment that has helped save many teeth and preserve them for years to come!
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Whenever decay is found in a tooth early, the decay can be removed easily in most cases and a tooth can be preserved with a filling. However, if decay spreads throughout the tooth it will put the tooth at greater risk of needing an extraction. If the decay in the tooth reaches the pulp inside of the tooth, it can cause pain and infection. This often needs to be treated in order to save the tooth from extraction. Root canal therapy is a treatment that removes all of the decay and infection from within a tooth without removing the tooth itself. With root canal therapy, your dentist will make sure you are completely comfortable before beginning treatment with sedation and anesthetic. Then all signs of decay and infection will be removed from inside and out of the tooth. The tooth will be cleaned and the health preserved. A dental crown will be needed to cover and protect the tooth following this procedure. Typically, right after a root canal is performed, patients experience an end to their tooth pain and can return to a normal lifestyle again.
Regular dental check-ups can help you avoid root canal therapy and tooth extractions. By seeing your dentist on a regular basis, your teeth and gums can constantly be checked for decay and infection. When caught early, you can avoid these complications all together.
If you are in need of a root canal in Ladson, SC, or would like a second opinion, give us a call! Our team is ready to give you the care that you need. We will do everything we can to save your tooth from extraction and preserve your smile!