What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is the name of the procedure for cleaning out decay in the dental pulp and root of your teeth. Inside the core layer of enamel in your teeth, the pulp can sometimes become infected, inflamed, and cause severe pain. When this happens, a root canal procedure is necessary to clean out the decay. Gilbert Dental Group partners with experienced Endodontists to help our patients with root canals.
Common Root Canal Symptoms
If you are suffering from any of the following symptoms, it may be time to see a dentist:
- Pain originating deep in your tooth
- Tooth discoloration
- A tooth that is extremely sensitive to heat or cold
- Trouble chewing or pain when touching the tooth
- Swollen gums
However, some of these symptoms may indicate other problems as well, such as a cavity or gum disease. It’s important to schedule an appointment to prevent your symptoms from worsening.
How to Prevent a Root Canal
Taking good care of your teeth and gums is crucial to preventing root canals. To prevent root canal issues from developing in the future, there are simple steps we recommend our patients take:
- Floss at least once daily
- Brush twice daily, especially before bed
- Avoid hard foods, especially sugary candies
- Avoid acidic drinks such as soda
- Schedule routine tooth cleanings
- See your dentist at the first sign of root canal pain
Gilbert Dental Group has helped thousands of patients improve their dental care habits, helping treat and prevent root canals for decades.
Safe Root Canal Treatment in Greenville
If you need a root canal, you probably have a lot of questions about the procedure and treatment. Does root canal treatment hurt? How long does a root canal procedure take?
The good news is that modern dentistry has come a long way. Gilbert Dental Group partners with experienced endodontists who specialize in completing root canals quickly, safely, and without pain. Much like a cavity filling, root canal treatment typically requires local anesthesia to numb your tooth before the procedure.
Root canals may take between one and two visits. The first visit is to clean out the infection and decay in the tooth. However, a tooth is usually weaker after a root canal, which is why we need to seal up your tooth to prevent further infection. This is done with a temporary filling, which gives the tooth time to heal. On your second visit, a permanent filling or crown is inserted.
Need a Root Canal? Contact Gilbert Dental Group
Nobody likes hearing that they need a root canal. However, getting your condition treated as soon as possible is the best way to prevent worsening symptoms, as well as more serious conditions such as gum disease.
Gilbert Dental Group has served Greenville, SC since the 1940s. As one of the oldest family dental practices in Greenville, we have built a reputation of trust and honesty with our patients. Over three generations of dentists have helped Greenville patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles.