Albertville and Guntersville, AL
A root canal is recommended when the nerve inside the tooth becomes infected by bacteria, or when the tooth’s nerve dies due to trauma. A leaky filling, cracked or broken tooth or extensive decay can cause tooth infections.
Once the nerve of a tooth has become exposed to bacteria, chances are, the only way to save the tooth is with root canal therapy. All teeth have a canal from the center of the tooth that has a tiny access point at the bottom of the tooth’s root, known as the apex. The apex is where the nerve comes out of the tooth and joins the major nerve that runs along the top or bottom jaw.
How do I know if I may need a root canal?
When the tooth’s nerve becomes infected, it can cause sensitivity or even unbearable pain, especially when cold substances come into contact with the infected tooth. Sometimes, a tooth infection causes an abscess on the gum in the area of the infected tooth. Any infection in your body could be potentially dangerous and lead to more serious complications. It is important to address an infected tooth as soon as you feel pain or discomfort.
What is root canal therapy?
A root canal procedure is essentially like have a deep filling in your tooth. You are numb during the procedure while the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, sanitized, and filled with a permanent filling. Ultimately, a root canal restores the tooth’s structure and relieves your pain.
What to expect following a root canal
Soon after the root canal has been completed, it is advised that you get a permanent dental crown placed over the tooth. Once the pulp has been removed from the tooth, it becomes weakened and subject to further damage. A crown will ensure the tooth remains healthy and strong for years to come.
To schedule a consultation, contact Wall Street Dentistry today at (256) 400-2783. We welcome patients from Albertville, Boaz, and Guntersville, Alabama.