Of all the tools and techniques available in modern dentistry, perhaps none is more notorious than the root canal. The truth is that the root canal’s bad reputation is not entirely fair, especially when root canal therapy is performed using rotary endodontics, an advanced technique that uses a special type of electric equipment to precisely drill the tooth and remove the infection in a practically painless procedure.
Root canal therapy is an important treatment, frequently resulting in a tooth being saved that might otherwise have been lost. Although root canal therapy is often simply referred to as “having a root canal,” the root canal itself is actually a part of the anatomy of your tooth, where the pulp chamber and the nerve are housed. If this part of your tooth becomes infected, not only can it be very painful, it can damage the nerve and, if left untreated, spread to other parts of your mouth and even throughout your system. Root canal therapy puts a stop to this process, removes the infected root to relieve your pain, and preserves the tooth.
Do You Need a Root Canal?
Some of the common symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal are:
- Ongoing pain that worsens when chewing
- Sensitivity to temperature changes
- Swelling in the gum
- Changes in the color of the tooth
- A pimple-like lesion on the gum
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call Smiles of Carolina right away so we can perform an examination and determine the cause of your symptoms and whether root canal therapy is needed. In some cases, you may have an infection that requires root canal therapy and experience no symptoms at all. We may spot the infection or problem with your root canal on an x-ray during a routine check-up. If this is the case, we will discuss your situation with you and work with you to create a treatment plan.
How Rotary Endodontics Help
During root canal therapy, it is necessary for us to drill a hole into your tooth to access the root canal. Special tools are then used to remove the infected material. When manual tools are used, this process can be time consuming, and patients are often bothered by the sounds created by the tools. Rotary endodontics involves the use of a state-of-the-art tool that quickly and quietly cleans out the root canal and pulp chamber for faster, more efficient, and more effective root canal therapy.
Once we have removed the infected material and cleaned out the inside of your tooth, we will fill and seal the tooth to protect and strengthen it. Sometimes, antibiotics are placed into the cavity created in the tooth to make sure that any possible remaining infection is killed off. Once your tooth is filled and sealed, we may fit you with a crown, which will prevent any further infections and restore your tooth back to full functionality.
Call Knightdale dental office Smiles of Carolina if you are experiencing any symptoms that may indicate you are in need of a root canal. We will work quickly to relieve your pain and save your tooth.