What Is a Root Canal?
A dentist performs a root canal procedure when the pulp and nerve of a tooth have become infected. This type of infection sits deep within the tooth and requires that the dentist drill inside of the tooth reach it, much like a cavity filling.
When the pulp and nerve of a tooth have become infected, a root canal is performed as a last-ditch effort to preserve the tooth. Rather than extracting the tooth, dentists perform root canals to help patients avoid costly dental implants or bridges.
Do I Need a Root Canal?
You should always check with your dentist if you are worried that you may need a root canal. Our advanced 3D imaging technology allows us to see inside your mouth and teeth, helping us accurately diagnose oral health issues.
In general, there are a few signs that you have an infection that may require a root canal:
- Swollen gums with pain surrounding a particular tooth
- Sensitivity while eating hot or cold foods
- Tooth pain while chewing
- Discoloration of a particular tooth
Root Canal Procedures at Smile Moore Dentistry
Many patients are afraid of getting a root canal, and we understand. The good news, however, is that the procedure is relatively quick and painless. Smile Moore Dentistry does everything it can to provide patients with a calming and efficient dental experience.
Dr. Randy Moore begins by numbing your tooth with a local anesthetic so that you feel no pain. Next, we drill into the tooth until we reach the nerve and pulp, which we remove. After the infection is cleared, we fill the tooth with strong composite material to keep it strong.
After your root canal is complete, you can go about your day as normal. Most patients do not feel any pain or discomfort afterward, but make sure you are practicing good oral hygiene.
How You Can Prevent Root Canals
Root canals can largely be avoided with proper oral hygiene and dental checkups. The best way to prevent needing a root canal is to prioritize caring for your teeth. Here is what we recommend to ensure you do not need a root canal procedure:
- Brush at least twice per day and floss at least once per day
- Rinse with mouthwash that helps fight gingivitis and other infections
- See your dentist twice per year for a routine cleaning
- Avoid sugary, acidic foods that are known to cause cavities
Schedule a Root Canal at Our Buford Dental Office
Dr. Randy Moore and the team at Smile Moore Dentistry take great care in making sure your root canal procedure is quick and painless. Get rid of tooth pain today and take your smile back. Schedule a root canal by calling us directly at 770-945-5369 or contact us online.