Our goal at Conestee Family Dental is to protect your teeth and keep them healthy and intact for as long as possible.
But sometimes a problem can occur even if you take good care of your oral health. You may crack a tooth or develop a small cavity, and if we don’t treat you right away, it will continue to spread and grow.
When decay or infection penetrates deep inside your tooth, you will experience extreme discomfort, and a root canal (endodontic treatment) is needed to provide relief.
Why You Need a Root Canal
Under the white surface enamel of your tooth, there is a hard layer called dentin. Within the dentin, there's an area filled with soft tissue called pulp that carries blood vessels and the tooth’s nerve. It runs from the crown of your tooth down into the root.
Cavities start out small, and we can usually treat them easily with a filling to prevent decay from spreading. But without treatment, decay can reach the pulp and needs to be removed to relieve pain and discomfort. Without a root canal, the tooth will need to be extracted.
What to Expect during Treatment
Our team wants you to know that we understand how challenging it can be to face root canal treatment. Your comfort comes first, and you can feel comfortable knowing we will treat you with care and compassion.
First, we numb the area we are treating so we are sure you won’t feel anything. If you are very anxious and need help relaxing, we provide nitrous oxide for your comfort. We can also prescribe a sedative for you to take before your procedure.
We make a small opening in the tooth that extends into the pulp chamber. Using state-of-the-art comfortable rotary endodontic technology, our doctors gently remove the infected pulp, fill the canals, and protect the tooth with a temporary filling. An antibiotic may also be recommended depending on your needs.
You will need a permanent crown or filling to protect the tooth, and with proper care, a tooth that has been root canaled can last a lifetime.
How to Avoid Root Canal Treatment
If you hate the thought of a root canal and want to avoid the procedure altogether, you should realize that in many cases you have the power to do so. The secret is prevention, including good oral hygiene and routine dental appointments for cleanings and exams. It’s a lot easier to find a small cavity and treat it right away than to wait until you’re in so much pain that a root canal or extraction are your only options.
Please Call to Arrange an Appointment
Whether you have a toothache or you just want to make sure you don’t have any problems developing, please call our Greenville, SC dental office to arrange an appointment. We are open four days a week at 8 AM, and if you have an emergency, call us and we’ll do our best to see you the same day.