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Root Canal

Fixing An Infected Tooth

The Mount Pleasant Dentist can perform root canal therapy, when necessary in their office. Root canal therapy is sometimes necessary when the inside of the tooth has been damaged by injury, decay, or disease.

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Root Canal

root canal infected planoYour tooth has a natural cavity located in its center called the "root canal." Within the natural cavity, you have a soft area – the pulp or the pulp chamber – and the nerve of the tooth. The function of the nerve is to detect the sensations of hot and cold, but if less than desirable dental conditions require the removal of the nerve, your tooth can still function and maintain good health.

How Do I Know I Need a Root Canal?

Typically, injury, decay, or disease can cause damage to the nerves inside of your tooth. Remember, the inner part of your tooth houses its nerve, and when the nerve becomes exposed due to a crack, a break, or a large cavity, infection can occur to the blood vessels and tissues that transport nutrients and waste to and from your tooth. Therefore, the infected blood vessels and tissues must be removed to save the tooth. In the past, dental repair treatments required complete removal of the tooth. Today, modern research, technology, and sedation dentistry make it possible for The Mount Pleasant Dentist to perform a procedure called a root canal treatment. They can save and restore your tooth for you with minimum discomfort. Usually, a root canal involves a single visit to our dental office.

Are there Symptoms that Lead to a Root Canal?

After your dental exam, Dr. Taylor may suggest a root canal much to your surprise because you did not show any symptoms of discomfort. However, if you experience any of the following symptoms, they are indicative of a root canal being part of your future dental program.

  • Gums that are swollen and tender
  • Teeth that darken
  • Gums that have a white bump resembling a pimple
  • Teeth that sense a lingering pain when exposed to hot or cold foods or drinks
  • Teeth that sense intense pain when chewing

What exactly is a Root Canal?

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During a root canal, Dr. Taylor removes the affected nerves and surrounding tissue inside of your tooth. Next, the interior area is cleaned and sealed. Dr. Taylor then fills the tooth with a synthetic dental composite. Lastly, the outer surface of your tooth is sealed. Most times, Dr. Taylor suggests capping the tooth with a dental crown, serving to strengthen and to restore your tooth.

...and After the Root Canal?

Yes, for the next couple of days after your root canal procedure, your tooth will remain sensitive because the root canal process irritated the tissue surrounding your tooth, especially if it was infected or was painful prior to the root canal. The Mount Pleasant Dentist will recommend anti-inflammatory and pain medications to help you during these uncomfortable days; however, even with your slight discomfort, you can resume normal activities the following day.

The good news about having a root canal is that afterwards, when you practice good dental care, your restored tooth can last a lifetime. Now that's worthy of a big smile!

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