Root Canal Therapy
Sometimes the inside of a tooth becomes infected or chronically inflamed. Left untreated, either condition can wreak havoc on the pulp, or the nerve center, of the tooth. This can result in unrelenting pain, uncomfortable swelling, tooth loss and even bone damage. Endodontic therapy (also called a root canal) gets to the root of the problem in order to remove the affected nerve and repair the tooth.
Why Root Canal Therapy?
Modern root canals provide patients with several benefits. In the event that you experience pain and discomfort from a diseased tooth, endodontic therapy may help to:
- Save the tooth rather than extract it
- Rid the tooth of infection and bacteria
- Alleviate the effects of fractured teeth
- Treat chronic toothaches
- Provide relief from tooth sensitivity
- Eradicate swelling around an infected tooth
- Impede the development of gum disease
Do You Need a Root Canal?
There are several signs that you may have an diseased tooth. Symptoms often include prolonged tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, discomfort while chewing or biting, and severe toothaches. However, the only way to know for sure is to have an x-ray taken of your tooth and an examination by a dentist.
At Smile Hilliard, we perform limited endondontics. We are likely able to treat you in our office, unless you have a severe case which involves the molars. In these cases, we may refer you for treatment with a specialist.