Root Canal Treatment
At Signature Smiles we know how terrible a toothache can be and how important is to treat tooth infections as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your dental and overall health. When proper oral hygiene is not practiced daily, plaque and tartar buildup can lead to cavities, which can then lead to tooth infections. When a tooth gets infected, the infection brings decay to the pulp of the tooth. The pulp consists of the tissues, nerves and blood vessels that keep the tooth alive, protected by the enamel of the hard surface of the tooth.
Root canal treatments have always caused fear in patients and many delay their visit to the dentist, in order to avoid painful procedures. However, here at Signature Smiles, we have years of experience treating tooth infections and we can provide fast and painless treatments to alleviate your pain and save your teeth.
What are the Symptoms of Tooth Infections or Decay?
- Swelling of the gums around the infected tooth
- Sensitivity to cold and hot foods
- Tenderness in the areas around the infected tooth
- Mild to severe pain
What is the Procedure of a Root Canal Treatment?
- The dentist will first examine your mouth, checking each tooth and gums for signs of decay or infection
- Dental X-rays will be taken to identify the location and extent of the infection
- To numb the area being treated a local anesthetic will be applied
- The infected tooth is isolated and prepared for the procedure
- A small hole is drilled through the top of the tooth to gain access to the infected pulp
- To remove the infection, the pulp is removed and the tooth is thoroughly cleaned
- A dental filling and crown are placed on the cleaned tooth to seal it and prevent further infection
If you are experiencing tooth pain or a tooth infection it is crucial to seek treatment immediately. If you delay treatment, the infection can spread to nearby teeth, your gums and the jawbone. But if there is no good oral hygiene, you are more prone to cavities and infections. Here at Signature Smiles we look out for your dental health, please call us at (423) 301-2330 to schedule an appointment for a root canal treatment today!