A Treatment To Save Your Smile
At Ackley Dental Group, our goal is to help restore your oral health and save your natural teeth whenever possible. Unfortunately, there are many factors that can contribute to the deterioration of your oral health, such as age, food preferences, medications, oral hygiene and family history. We will attempt every possible solution before recommending an extraction. We often use one treatment in particular as a last resort to save the natural tooth, and that is a root canal. There is no better time to learn more about root canals since this is Root Canal Awareness Month.
What is a Root Canal?
Over the years, root canals have gotten a bad reputation as a dental treatment that causes extreme discomfort. Many people fear them for that reason. Root canal therapy actually does the complete opposite. This treatment can eliminate severe dental discomfort and save your natural tooth. When decay makes its way to the inside of the tooth, also known as the pulp, it causes an infection that needs to be removed. A root canal removes the bacteria and infection, cleans and disinfects the inside of the tooth, and is completed when the tooth is filled and sealed. Many patients will require a dental crown to be placed following treatment.
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
If you avoid treatment, a root canal may become inevitable. If you experience any of these warning signs, be sure to contact our office immediately:
- Severe tooth discomfort
- Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold
- Swollen or tender gums
- An abscess on the gums
- Dental trauma that causes a chipped or cracked tooth
A Routine Treatment
Thanks to advancements in dental technology and treatment practices, root canals are comparable to a filling procedure. The biggest difference is the length of treatment, but the effects following treatment are similar. Patients often experience no discomfort and a very short healing time.
If you are experiencing any discomfort, notice swollen gums, have a chipped or cracked tooth, or start feeling extreme sensitivity to hot and cold, please contact our office located in Spring Hill, FL as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. We want to help save your tooth!