At Parkside Dental Care, we try our very hardest to help you save your natural teeth. We know that there can be a number of reasons that your teeth might experience decay such as age, family history, and neglect. Whatever the reason, we want to assure our patients that we will attempt every solution possible before a tooth extraction is recommended. One solution that might be offered is a root canal. Unfortunately, root canals have a bad reputation, and most patients aren’t jumping for joy when this procedure is suggested. What patients might not realize is that this popular treatment can be the difference between a tooth extraction and you leaving our office with your natural tooth.
Your natural teeth have many layers. The outer covering, or enamel, is the hard shell of the tooth that is visible to you when you open your mouth. The inside of your tooth consists of the dentin and pulp. When the pulp becomes infected, a root canal is needed. A root canal removes the bacteria and infection, cleans and disinfects the inside of the tooth, and is completed when the tooth is filled and sealed. It is important to visit our office at the first sign of tooth discomfort. The longer a root canal is delayed, the closer a patient becomes to needing a tooth extraction or experiencing additional health issues.
Years ago, patients associated root canals with discomfort and difficult procedures. Due to the advancements in dentistry, along with the improvements in dental technology, a root canal can now be compared to a more involved filling. The largest difference is the length of the procedure. We don’t want our patients to worry when a root canal is needed, as we work hard to provide a comfortable and pleasant experience during treatment.
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 Montgomery, AL as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. We want to help save your tooth!