A Root Canal Can Save The Day And Your Tooth
We always stress the importance of maintaining proper oral hygiene and visiting our office regularly. Even if you are diligent with your oral care, decay can begin to creep in. Unfortunately, tooth decay is not something that improves on its own and only worsens over time. When tooth decay is not properly treated in a timely fashion, it can spread, leading to further problems. As a last resort, to save your tooth, we often suggest a root canal.
What is a Root Canal?
When a tooth experiences decay, it starts on the outer part of the tooth called the enamel. If not treated immediately, the decay continues to make its way through the various layers of the tooth until it reaches the pulp, or inside of the tooth. A root canal removes the bacteria and infection from the pulp, cleans and disinfects the inside of the tooth, and is completed when the tooth is filled and sealed.
No Reason to Fear
Over the years, root canals have gotten the reputation for being painful and leaving the patient in great discomfort, which is why many people fear them. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Root canals, as they are performed today, use state-of-the-art technology and should not be feared. Your mouth is numbed in the same way as when you are treated for a cavity. There is a slightly longer recovery time than with a filling, but we review all of the instructions with you.
Signs You Might Need a Root Canal
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we recommend that you visit our office as soon as possible for an evaluation:
- Extreme discomfort while eating and chewing
- Chipped or cracked tooth
- Persistent sensitivity to hot and cold
- Swollen and tender gums
- Deep decay
If you are experiencing any discomfort, notice swollen gums, have a chipped or cracked tooth, or start feeling extreme sensitivity to heat and cold, please contact our office located in The Woodlands, TX as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. We want to help save your tooth!