If there is an internal issue with a tooth, root canal therapy will likely be the solution recommended by your dentist. Dental professionals at Will Wagner DMD in Tuscaloosa, AL (including the American Association of Endodontists) consider it to be a highly effective line of defense to protect your dental health and help you avoid losing a diseased tooth.
About Root Canals
The American Association of Endodontists (AAE) estimates that American dentists perform approximately 15 million root canals every year. They produce positive results for patients—in fact, 89 percent of patients say they are satisfied with their treatment according to a survey posted by the AAE. Root canals help patients avoid the embarrassment and potential dental issues associated with missing teeth.
Some identifiable signs and symptoms that you may need a root canal include:
- Acute, sharp pain when you bite down
- Throbbing pain and pressure in your mouth
- Continuous pain after you’ve eaten hot or cold foods
- Redness, swelling, or a white bump on your gums at the tooth root
- Pus or drainage from your gums at the tooth root
Root Canal Benefits
A root canal is primarily beneficial because it eliminates the pain that you may be experiencing from a toothache.
Other benefits include:
- The tooth is thoroughly cleaned and filled to protect the root from future damage.
- The crown covering is very attractive (white, smooth, and resilient) and will last for up to 20 years with good care.
- It helps stop an infection from spreading to other teeth or other parts of the body.
- You keep your original tooth and do not have to pay for an expensive replacement.
How the Procedure Is Completed
An average root canal procedure takes up to a couple of hours. In an advanced case, it may require more than one appointment, but that’s rare. The area is numbed for your comfort so that the dentist can access the diseased tissue with dental tools. After the bad tissue is removed and the inside of the tooth is disinfected, a filling material is added. In a follow-up appointment, a permanent crown will be placed to protect the tooth.
Don't wait until your pain becomes unbearable to see a dentist about a root canal.
Call Will Wagner DMD Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today at (205) 759-9588 to schedule an appointment.