Understanding the Anatomy of a Tooth
Our Raleigh, NC dentist’s office is here to help you achieve and maintain a healthy, great-looking smile at every stage of life. That’s why today we want to enlighten you about root canal therapy. Keep reading for the real story on this helpful procedure, and then give us a call at 919-646-4391 to schedule your next appointment at Rolling Ridge Dentistry.
Inside each of your teeth are a pulp chamber and a root canal. It is there that the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues that make up your tooth reside. The pulp chamber is a relatively wide, hollow space inside the crown of your tooth. The crown is the part of your tooth that is visible from the outside. The pulp chamber is connected to the area where the roots of your teeth can be found.
Signs You May Need Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is required when something goes awry with your oral health and the pulp of a tooth has been damaged. This often occurs as the result of:
- Deep tooth decay leading to infections
- Several dental procedures on the same tooth
- Cracks or chips in your tooth
- Large fillings
- Trauma or injury to the face
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it could be a sign that you need a root canal:
- Severe pain when biting into or chewing food
- Swollen or tender gums
- A cracked or chipped tooth
- Pimples or sores on your gums
- Tooth sensitivity
Root Canal Therapy: What to Expect
An important thing to remember is that despite the stigma associated with root canals, it’s a type of therapy that relieves pain instead of causing it. Root canal therapy is one of the most common and effective procedures we do at our Raleigh area dental office. In most cases, we can complete an entire root canal treatment in just one visit.
At Rolling Ridge Dentistry, our patients can relax with the help of local anesthesia, which guarantees that the most they will feel is pressure, and no pain. We also offer a sedation option for patients who are especially anxious or nervous about the procedure. We want to make sure you are as comfortable as possible so that we can efficiently and effectively relieve your pain and prevent further complications.
Once you are relaxed and comfortable, we will begin the root canal process. We will create a small opening in the surface of your affected tooth, so that we can access the pulp chamber and root canals. We will then remove the dead or dying pulp tissue before cleaning and disinfecting the area.
The space is then filled, then we will seal the opening to prevent further infection. Keep in mind, throughout the process the most you will feel is slight pressure. In the few days after the procedure, you may experience some tooth sensitivity or soreness. In most cases, over-the-counter pain reliever can relieve your discomfort. Prescription medications may also be given if we feel they are needed.
Once your treatment is complete, we will make sure you are sent home with all the tools and information necessary to recover completely and comfortably. Chances are, at that point you will already feel a great deal better than you did when you first came to us seeking treatment.
To learn more about root canal therapy and how we can relieve your uncomfortable symptoms, call Rolling Ridge Dentistry at 919-646-4391. Feel free to fill out our patient forms ahead of your appointment.