To save a tooth from extraction, a root canal may be recommended. When a tooth begins to decay, a cavity is formed. If the decay can be removed, a tooth filling will be placed in the cavity. However, if the decay moves down into the pulp of the tooth, this will result in the need for a root canal. The root canal treatment removes the pulp of the tooth, saving the tooth from further decay and damage. An untreated decaying tooth can eventually turn into an abscessed tooth, which is highly painful and will require more extensive treatment.
Root canals are a simple treatment and can be made even more comfortable with the help of sedation dentistry. Sometimes a root canal may be necessary even if you are not experiencing tooth pain. It’s best to get your tooth treated before the infection spreads or worsens. If a lot of damage has been done to the tooth, a dental crown may also be recommended.
Signs of a necessary root canal can include:
- Severe toothache
- Painful chewing
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Tooth discoloration
- Swollen, tender gums
If you are in need of a root canal in Newcastle, OK, or simply want to be checked out by a dentist, call our office today to set up a consultation! Don’t put off taking care of your smile!