Whenever a tooth is damaged, the nerve usually takes up the burden of that tooth. This can cause massive wear and tear on the nerve and often results in the individual needing a root canal. Root canal treatment can prove highly effective in saving a tooth in the event that the nerve of that tooth has become unhealthy or otherwise damaged. A root canal, when administered in a timely manner by your dentist to the tooth in question, can often prevent you from having to get an artificial tooth or similar replacement.
When the nerve of a tooth is damaged, many people assume that the tooth itself is a lost cause. However, root canal therapy, in the vast majority of cases, is a viable option for saving the tooth. [pullquote]…root canal therapy, in the vast majority of cases, is a viable option for saving the tooth.[/pullquote]
Root canals can not only preserve the existing tooth, but they also serve to eliminate the pain that is created by the damaged tooth and surrounding areas as well. This prevents infections and future pain while also saving the damaged tooth.
Of course, it’s no secret that root canals are seen unfavorably by most uninformed patients. The truth of the matter is that recent technological advances have made the procedure much more comfortable and convenient. This has helped many patients to reconsider root canals as a form of saving their damaged tooth.
Many people aren’t certain as to whether or not they need a root canal without first visiting a dentist. If you believe you have recently damaged a tooth, keep an eye out for these signs:
- Pain around the tooth
- Cracks along the tooth
- Spontaneous pains
Naturally, if you fear that you may have recently damaged a tooth or are experiencing pains that come about as if for no reason, you should see your dentist right away. There are a handful of other maladies that may warrant a root canal such as the presence of an abscess or deep decay within the tooth.
If you have further questions about root canals, contact our experienced and dedicated team at Georgian Dental®. Call 888-739-2975 to schedule your appointment today.