Wilson, Greenville, Goldsboro, Rocky Mount, Raleigh & nearby areas
When a tooth becomes severely decayed or infected, a root canal is often the only procedure capable of restoring health and preserving your natural tooth. The general dentists at our Wilson, North Carolina office have over 35 years of experience in providing this valuable service, and are able to treat a large majority of patients in-house.
When a Root Canal is Necessary
The nerve and pulp of your tooth can become damaged when you have deep decay caused by cavities, loose fillings, or chips and cracks in your teeth. When your tooth nerve and pulp become damaged, bacteria begin to multiply within your root chamber which can result in infection and even an abscess tooth. Infection can spread to other parts of your face and neck and result in bone loss around the tip of the tooth, facial swelling, and infection spreading through your bloodstream.
Symptoms of an infected tooth root include:
- Tooth pain while chewing
- Sensitivity to heat and cold
- Tooth discoloration
- Swelling of the gums around the infected tooth
When you experience these symptoms, a root canal is necessary to prevent the spread of infection and to prevent tooth extraction.
The Root Canal Process
A root canal is performed under anesthesia to assist in reducing discomfort. Once you have been made sufficiently comfortable, one of our dentists will make a small access hole in your tooth and use root canal files to gently remove decay. While decay is being removed, your tooth will periodically be flushed with a sterile solution that removes debris and bacteria.
Once your tooth root has been cleaned, your tooth will be sealed. This step helps prevent future decay. In addition to sealing, we often recommend dental crowns.