In a perfect world, Dr. Moore would be able to save your tooth, no matter how severe the damage is. Unfortunately, however this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, he’ll recommend a root canal procedure to treat a tooth that has been significantly decayed or infected beyond repair. During a root canal, he’ll remove the tooth, clean its inside, and seal it.
Signs You Need a Root Canal
Perhaps the most common sign you need a root canal is pain. If you notice unusual discomfort while you eat or drink, visit our office so Dr. Moore can determine if you’ve experienced an infection and need a root canal. Chipped or cracked teeth, sensitivity to hot or cold, swollen gums, discoloration, and prolonged sensitivity are also signs that you may be a candidate for a root canal.
What Happens During a Root Canal
Fortunately, a root canal is a fairly simple procedure. First, Dr. Moore will use local anesthesia to numb your tooth as well as the surrounding area. Then, he’ll use a rubber dam to isolate it and create a small hole known as an access cavity on your tooth’s surface. The cavity will allow him to remove the pulp and clean the inside of your tooth.
This process will widen your cavity and make room for the filling material that will seal the root canal. Once your canal has been filled, you’ll receive a temporary filling to protect your tooth from damage. Dr. Moore will ask that you be careful as damage to the temporary filling can lead to another infection. You’ll visit our office again for another appointment so that Dr. Moore can permanently seal your tooth. Wake Forest, NC Orthodontist Dr. Jason Gladwell urges all patients to address any oral health concerns sooner rather than later.
Contact Moore Family Dentistry Today
If you have further questions about Moore Family Dentistry or the root canal procedure, don’t hesitate to contact our Garner, NC dentist office today. You can reach us at 919.772.1811. We look forward to hearing from you!