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Root canal treatment is an endodontic procedure. It treats infected soft pulp inside the tooth. Dr. Peter Stoltz of Three Fountains Family Dental provides patients with root canal therapy at his West Columbia, SC, family dentist's office when people have tooth pain.
Signs You Need a Root Canal
A tooth is composed of several layers. When bacteria cause a cavity deep enough to infiltrate tooth enamel and reaches the pulp, people start to feel pain. Your West Columbia family dentist needs to remove the pulp, clean and disinfect the canal, seals the canal and places a crown over the tooth to protect your teeth.
- Toothache while eating or applying pressure on teeth
- Sensitivity to hot or cold stimuli and pain that lingers afterward too
- A small, pimple-like bump on soft tissue near the area of pain
- Darkening of the tooth and tenderness or swelling in the gums
What Causes Root Canals?
- Poor oral or dental regimen that results in the accumulation of acid-producing bacteria that breaks down the enamel allows bacteria to infect your tooth's pulp.
- Avoiding dental visits which are crucial in identifying serious issues like cavities, cracks and chips that, if not dealt with, gives way to bacterial infections.
- Trauma from an accident or sustaining an injury damages teeth and, again, allows bacteria to infiltrate teeth.
How to Care for Teeth to Avoid Needing a Root Canal
Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day to avoid accumulation of acid-producing bacteria, which eventually turns into plaque and tartar. Flossing your teeth at least once a day also helps protect soft tissue and teeth, as well as using fluoride-containing products and drinking plenty of water washes away food debris.
Need a consultation?
If you would like to speak with Dr. Peter Stoltz of Three Fountains Family Dental about root canal therapy, then don't hesitate to speak with your West Columbia, SC, family dentist at (803) 755-0039 today.
You have dental symptoms you can't ignore. Can your family dentists in West Columbia, SC, save that tooth? Dr. Peter Stoltz or Dr. Brooke Stoltz at Three Fountains Family Dental can tell you what's best for your tooth and your overall oral health. A root canal procedure may be an option. Learn here about what signs tell your dentist that you need one and also about details of this common dental treatment.
Signs you need a root canal
Root canal therapy--also called endodontic therapy--has been a reliable treatment for a long time. Removing diseased pulp from a tooth's interior chamber and up to four root canals (hence, the name), endodontic therapy relieves symptoms and brings new life to a compromised tooth. The American Association of Endodontists, dentists who specialize in this procedure, say that Americans undergo 15 million root canals annually, and most succeed.
Why would you need a root canal? A dental abscess is a leading cause. A deep injury is another. Additionally, your family dentist in West Columbia, SC, may choose root canal therapy to prevent extraction when a tooth has multiple restorations, and the structure above the gum line is weak.
So, your team at Three Fountains Family Dental urges you to seek advice if you have some or all of these symptoms:
- Throbbing toothache
- Redness and swelling at the gum line
- Extreme sensitivity to pressure, heat or cold
- Drainage from the tooth
- Bad breath
- Darkening of tooth enamel
Dr. Stoltz will examine and X-ray your tooth to confirm a diagnosis and to determine if your tooth is a candidate for root canal therapy.
The root canal procedure
A root canal procedure removes diseased interior tooth pulp and damaged tooth enamel, disinfects and fills the tooth and restores it with a porcelain crown. Your dentist usually uses a local anesthetic to numb the tooth.
Dr. Stoltz cleans the root canal with several tiny metal files. The dentist also disinfects the chamber and adds a material called gutta-percha to seal it. Your dentist repeats the treatment on the other root canals and places a temporary filling or crown over the tooth. Dental impressions go to a trusted lab where the new crown is fabricated.
You go home for a week or so of healing and eating a soft diet. Most people experience pain relief after a root canal procedure.
On your return appointment, Dr. Stoltz checks the site, removes the temporary restoration and bonds the new crown in place. Your tooth looks and feels great and will serve you for many more years.
Find out more
If you have concerning dental symptoms, don't wait. A root canal procedure may help you regain and keep good oral health. Call Three Fountains Family Dental for an appointment: (803) 755-0039.