At Double Oak Mountain Family Dentistry, our cosmetic dentists will evaluate the tooth and determine if a root canal is actually needed. In most cases if the nerve is damaged, it will require a root canal. If it is not possible that the root can be saved, there will be new construction.
When Is a Root Canal Needed & Why?
A root canal is needed when damage occurs to a tooth’s pulp. In a lot of cases this happens due to severe tooth decay but can also come from injury. Although you might dread the idea of a root canal it will eliminate tooth pain and is a great alternative to tooth extraction. Root canals will take two or more appointments but Dr. Samford or Dr. Brewer will work to make each appointment as comfortable as possible for you. Gentle dentistry is what we focus on.
The extent and effectiveness of the root canal procedure will largely depend on how extensive the tooth damage is. During the treatment, the area is assessed and then the dead pulp is removed. The area is then sealed.
What happens after? What is needed?
After a root canal it’s a good idea to consider a porcelain crown over the tooth; this will help prevent tooth breakage. If extensive restoration was done it’s even more helpful since the tooth has been left with a thin shell. Pain and swelling afterwards can occur, if it continues it may be necessary to meet with your dentist again to determine if further work needs to be done.
Root canals are not a procedure most people look forward to but we can make it as painless as possible and ensure that it get’s done right. Double Oak Mountain dentists provide high quality dental services (both family dentistry and cosmetic dentistry) and have a long history and a lot of experience performing root canals.