Ask just about anyone who has suffered from an infected tooth and s/he will tell you that it is probably the worst pain that s/he has experienced. Teeth are individual, living features within the mouth that support one another and provide strength to the jawbone. The teeth contain an inner layer that contains the blood supply and roots of the teeth, allowing each one to support itself. This inner layer is protected by tooth enamel, the hardest substance inside the human body; yet, even tooth enamel can become damaged. Cavities, decay, infection, and trauma can all compromise the structure of the teeth and leave them vulnerable. Damaged teeth are typically very painful, and if not adequately treated they can compromise the health of the entire mouth.
Root canals are the most common procedures done to treat damaged and infected teeth. Let’s clear something up right from the start: Root canals are not painful! Root canals are procedures done to relieve pain and restore health. An infected tooth is incredibly painful because the infection affects the roots of the tooth. If a damaged tooth is left untreated, the pain will become insufferable and the damage so severe that the tooth cannot be saved.
Root canal procedures are typically done under local anesthesia to prevent patients from feeling pain or discomfort. At Southern Charm Dental, we proudly offer IV sedation for those who need extra assistance feeling comfortable and relaxed during the procedure. Once patients are comfortable, the tooth is opened, and the damage and infection are removed along with the entire root of the tooth. Then, the tooth is treated with antibiotics to prevent the spread of infection, and the tooth is filled and sealed to protect it from further damage.
At Southern Charm Dental, we provide excellence in dentistry to all patients. Root canals are necessary when the health of a tooth is compromised. Please do not ignore any tooth or dental pain because the longer you put it off, the more invasive treatment will be necessary. Contact our dental practice today for treatment. Remember, root canals are procedures to alleviate your pain and save your tooth.