Do you need a root canal? Did you know that most tooth pain can be fixed without a root canal?
Tooth pain can become a larger issue if not addressed in time. Patients can experience tooth pain for a variety of reasons. Tooth pain can be a symptom of dying nerves inside the tooth pulp, damage to surrounding gum tissue, receding gums, or tooth sensitivity. Only your Simpsonville SC dentist can determine the cause. O’Malley Dental will only recommend a root canal if the tooth can not be fully saved. We believe in helping you keep your natural teeth for as long as possible.
Dr. Ryan O’Malley may recommend a root canal procedure to save your natural tooth if there is significant infection or damage. The many advances in technique and materials allow today’s patients to experience minimal discomfort during their procedure. A root canal helps a patient avoid the complexity of tooth extraction and replacement. Expect lasting results that will support the structure and health of your smile for many years.
What Is A Root Canal?
The root canal procedure is not painful. In fact, it will relieve pain in the infected area almost immediately. The pain comes from the damaged nerves that have not been fixed. A root canal is a procedure whereby the pulp of the tooth is removed from the interior chambers when infection is present. The area is cleaned, disinfected and filled with a biocompatible material that will stabilize tooth roots.
Most patients are comfortable during their root canal procedure with the use of a local anesthetic. Dr. O’Malley also offers dental sedation options for anyone who experiences dental anxiety, or fear of the dentist and dental equipment. We will discuss your needs prior to the scheduled appointment. In most cases, the tooth pain and general discomfort you may be feeling are relieved once the infection is removed.
Once you are numb and feeling comfortable, a tiny hole is made in the back of the affected tooth for the removal of the infection. The interior chamber of the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned before being filled with a rubbery material. A dental filling compound may be placed to seal the tooth and a subsequent dental crown is often recommended to strengthen the tooth. This may be placed during a second visit.
If the tooth can’t be saved, Dr. O’Malley will review your tooth replacement options with you. We will never recommend an unnecessary procedure. Our patient-focused goal is to restore your natural smile for excellent long-term oral health.
Schedule a Root Canal Procedure
If you are experiencing tooth pain but don’t know why, always discuss this concern with your dentist. There may be an easy solution to fix tooth pain before it grows into a bigger issue. Request a dental appointment with Dr. O’Malley today.