Though many people mistakenly believe the rumors surrounding root canals which say they are painful or drawn-out procedures, these important dental treatments can save your tooth, keeping it from requiring extraction. Recognizing the signs that you may need a root canal can help you get into your dentist's office in a timely manner to give you the highest chances of saving your tooth. Find out more about root canal therapy and how it can help you with Dr. Young Park and Dr. Michelle Kim at Park Dental Solutions with locations in Roanoke and Rocky Mount, VA.
What is a root canal?
A root canal treats severe teeth decay or damage to a tooth which has compromised the tooth’s nerve. The procedure cleans out the tooth’s inner pulp chamber and deep into its roots to remove infected tissues and nerves, then fills the tooth to restore its structure. Often, dentists recommend a dental crown to cover the tooth after a root canal. This protects the tooth and helps strengthen it against everyday use which and stabilizes the large filling left behind after the root canal.
Do I need a root canal?
Teeth decay is often slow-growing and does not require a root canal until its later stages. This means you may be able to avoid a root canal altogether if you catch your teeth decay in its earliest stages. A cavity looks like a brown or black spot or hole on the tooth. It can cause unexplained bad breath, sensitivity to hot and cold, and pain, especially while eating or drinking. As it advances, it may cause the tooth to break. If the decay reaches the tooth’s inner pulp chamber and begins infecting and damaging the tooth’s roots, a root canal becomes necessary.
Root Canal Therapy in Roanoke and Rocky Mount
The root canal procedure will remove the tooth’s inner tissues and nerves and replace them with a composite filling material. This allows the tooth’s structure to remain in place in the jawbone while curing the toothache and restoring the tooth's damage from the decay. The procedure takes about an hour and occurs right in your dentist’s office under a local anesthesia, which numbs the work area.
For more information on root canals, please contact Dr. Park and Dr. Kim at Park Dental Solutions with locations in Roanoke and Rocky Mount, VA. Call (540) 563-9398 to schedule your appointment in Roanoke, or (540) 483-7577 to schedule your appointment in Rocky Mount today!