A root canal could alleviate pain and sensitivity in a tooth that is severely damaged or infected, as well as spare the tooth from extraction. There are several signs a root canal is needed, such as a severe toothache or ongoing sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages. You should see a dentist as soon as possible if you develop any of the signs associated with needing a root canal. At Implant and General Dentistry in Cary, NC, root canals are performed by our skilled dentists, Dr. Kirk Wilkie, Dr. Vic Turner, and Dr. Joey Pesicek.
What is Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment is a restorative dental procedure for preserving a severely damaged or infected tooth that would otherwise require extraction. The procedure is similar to that for filling a cavity. However, cavities involve treating areas of decay near the surface of the tooth, while root canal treatment is performed to target decaying pulp in the center of the tooth that can also extend down into the canals of the root.
During root canal treatment, the dentist will remove any infected or damaged pulp from inside the tooth and root. The interior of the tooth and root is then thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Afterward, the tooth can be restored with a dental filling. Additionally, a dental crown may be placed over the tooth to strengthen and protect it.
Signs a Root Canal is Needed
There are several different signs that you may need a root canal. Undergoing root canal treatment in a timely manner can preserve your tooth so it does not have to be removed. If you develop any of the signs associated with needing a root canal, contact our office in Cary, NC. Signs you may need a root canal include:
- A severe or persistent toothache
- Ongoing sensitivity to hot or cold items
- Darkening or discoloration of the affected tooth
- Pain or sensitivity when biting or chewing food
- Tenderness or swelling of the gums around the affected tooth
You may need a root canal if you have certain symptoms, such as persistent pain or sensitivity. If you think you might need a root canal, contact our office in Cary, NC, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wilkie, Dr. Turner, or Dr. Pesicek by calling Implant and General Dentistry at (919) 481-0330.