You want to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible, and root canal therapy can help you do just that. Each year, Raleigh dentist Jeff M. Morrison performs this procedure on his patients.
If a tooth is painful, discolored, sensitive to cold and hot, or your gums are very tender, these are signs a tooth may be infected. This can happen if a cavity has grown very deep, or there has been a traumatic injury to the tooth and the tooth is cracked or broken. When that happens, bacteria infect the soft tissue inside your tooth, where antibiotics can’t reach. Left untreated the infection can spread leading to an abscess. A root canal involves removing the diseased tissue, halting the spread of infection, and restoring the healthy tooth. In some cases, Dr. Morrison may need to restore your tooth with a permanent crown so that it looks and feels completely natural.
A root canal can usually be completed in one office visit. Dr. Morrison will carefully examine your teeth, jaw, gums, and mouth to determine the extent of the problem. He will explain the treatment needed and answer any questions you might have. Root canal therapy is usually performed under a local anesthetic and most patients experience little or no discomfort. Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.
Root canal therapy is a remarkable treatment with a very high rate of success. However, problems that require root canal therapy can’t be put off, so if you are experiencing the symptoms described earlier, contact our office today for an appointment.