“Do I need a Root Canal?”
Maybe. Do you suffer from toothaches? Your body is probably trying to tell you something. If tooth decay or injury has caused internal damage to your tooth’s sensitive nerve, a root canal may save the tooth from extraction. Modern technology makes root canal therapy convenient and comfortable. In most cases, the procedure is performed in a single office visit, and oral sedation can be administered to optimize comfort.
Don’t continue suffering with tooth pain. A root canal can eliminate the painful infected tooth pulp and prevent damage from spreading to your bones, your other teeth, and even your brain. To learn whether a root canal is the right treatment for you, please call (702) 873-0324 or email dentist, Dr. James B. Polley in Summerlin today.
What Is a Root Canal?
Your teeth consist of several layers. On the outside is the white, hard enamel that is highly mineralized. Under this is the dentin, typically yellow in color, and still hard but with a little bit of flex to give your teeth some toughness as well as strength. Under the dentin is the inner layer, the pulp or “nerve.” The tooth pulp branches out, forming canals that lead to the bloodstream. The pulp nourishes the tooth and disposes of waste. A cavity, injury, or fracture can make the pulp susceptible to bacterial infection, which can kill the nerve and create pressure within the tooth.
When Dr. Polley performs your root canal, he will disinfect the bacteria-ridden canal and extract the damaged pulp, fill the canal with man-made material, and seal the tooth for protection. Anesthesia can be administered during the procedure, and over-the-counter medications help with minor soreness and inflammation. The pain associated with a root canal is far less than the discomfort you are probably suffering due to your infection.
Don’t Put Off a Root Canal
Once infection spreads to the interior of your tooth, bacteria are protected from your normal oral hygiene. They will multiply and spread into your bloodstream, carve out space in your bone, and may even infect surrounding areas such as your sinuses, and, eventually, your brain. Neglecting a tooth infection can lead to a deadly emergency.
Root Canal vs. Dental Implants
When we look at your damaged tooth, we will make an evaluation of its current state. We will determine whether it’s best to restore your current tooth or replace it with a dental implant.
In most situations, it’s best to restore your natural tooth, because a tooth can last for decades after a root canal, and if necessary can be replaced with a dental implant later on, but once a tooth is removed, it cannot be put back.
Don’t Prolong Your Suffering
So, do you need a root canal? If you’re in pain, don’t delay. Come to our Summerlin dental office. We’ll help you get comfortable, we will talk to you about your options so you can make an informed decision. Call (702) 873-0324 or email our office now.