Root Canal Therapy in Mobile, AL.
Root canals are valuable dental procedures whose long term benefits outweigh the temporary dental phobia associated with them. Root canals are used to treat and preserve teeth with badly infected roots. Inside the tooth is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, and helps to grow the root of your tooth during development. When it becomes infected, patients can experience pain, sensitivity, infection, and/or swelling. If left untreated, total tooth loss may occur. The good news is Mobile Comprehensive Dentistry can help you avoid tooth loss and further damage to your health with root canal therapy. Drs O'Donnell and Willis have performed well over a thousand root canals on patients over the years.
We have answered a few frequently asked questions regarding root canal therapy below:
How Would I Know if a Root Canal is Needed?
Your dentist is the only one who can properly diagnose the problems that would require a root canal to be performed. There are many signs and symptoms that can be indicative of a problem including toothache, pressure, prolonged sensitivitiy to hot or cold, tenderness to touch and chewing, or swelling of the gums. Sometimes, however, there are no symptoms.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
Initially, X-rays are taken to help determine the severity of the problem and allow the dentist to see the canals in the tooth. A series of files are utilized to clean out the infected tissue within the pulp chamber. After the root canals are thouroughly cleaned out, the canal is sealed. A tooth that requires a root canal often requires a restoration; a crown, a crown and post (for a tooth that lacks sufficient structure to hold the restoration in place), or other restoration, in order to maintain the integrity of the tooth. Otherwise, the tooth may become susceptible to fracture in the future. Upon completion, a restored tooth that has undergone a root canal and restoration will blend in with surrounding teeth – virtually undetectable to the average eye.
Do Root Canals Hurt?
Many patients associate root canals with pain and discomfort. But local anesthetics, advancements in modern dentistry, such as the use of rotary endo and the experienced team at Mobile Comprehensive Dentistry, have made root canals highly tolerable procedures that are often no less comfortable than getting a standard filling. You can expect a comfortable experience during and after your appointment. Remember, that root canal treatment doesn't cause pain, it relieves it!
Can All Teeth be Treated with a Root Canal?
Most teeth can be treated with root canal therapy. Occasionally, a tooth can't be saved because the root canals are not accessible, the root is severly fractured, the tooth doesn't have adequate bone support, or the tooth can't be restored. Advances in root canal treatment are making it possible to save the teeth that even a few years ago would have been lost.
What are the Advantages to Saving a Tooth with Root Canal Treatment?
A few advantages to saving a tooth with root canal treatment are maintaining efficient chewing, normal biting force and sensation, and natural appearance. A root canal also protects other teeth from excessive wear and strain.