Root Canal Treatment in Greenville, South Carolina
What Is a Root Canal?
The pulp or nerve of the tooth is soft tissue containing blood vessels. When the nerve becomes diseased or injured and unable to repair itself, it dies. This is most commonly caused by a cracked tooth, deep decay, large fillings, or serious injury to the tooth . When this occurs a root canal is needed.
Root Canal vs. Extraction
Without a root canal, your tooth would die and have to be removed. Many patients ask whether or not tooth extraction would be a viable solution. However, pulling a tooth will ultimately be more costly. Additionally, without placing partial dentures or implants, extraction can cause significant problems for adjacent teeth and your jawbone.
Many people assume that root canal treatment is painful. However, modern-day treatments are more about patience than pain. This is due to new advancements in local anesthesia and IV sedation dentistry. Many of our patients don’t even remember anything about the procedure. Find the easier way to dentistry by speaking to our staff about sedation options.
The Root Canal Process
While the tooth is numb for comfort, an access point is made on the top of the tooth. The nerve or pulp is then removed with specific instruments, sealer is then placed in the canal. The tooth then will need a crown.
Signs You Need a Root Canal Treatment
- Sensitivity to hot and cold that lingers
- Severe toothache
- Darkening of the tooth
- Pain waking you at night
- Injury or trauma to the tooth
- Untreated infection inside the tooth
- An abscess on the gums