Embrace modern root canal therapy to relieve aching teeth and avoid extractions.
We live up to the Crowns Now Family Dentistry name, focusing on high-quality, aesthetic dental restorations to strengthen weak and damaged teeth. Often, crowns at our Greensville, South Carolina, area offices may follow another procedure: root canal therapy.
While it has a negative reputation, modern root canal treatment is nothing to fear. Many patients experience substantial relief from RCT. Often, severe pain from deep infections is resolved. Patients can sleep soundly through the night and eat painlessly again. Plus, they get to keep their teeth! Extractions or the removal of teeth are avoided. As good as modern tooth replacement options have become, there is nothing quite like the beauty and function of a healthy natural tooth.
The starting point
All treatments at our practice start with a thorough exam by our accomplished doctors. For what our team cannot pinpoint by sight or feel, we can accurately identify with advanced diagnostic imaging.
Generally, candidates for root canal therapy have severe injury or trauma to the soft, sensitive, innermost parts of the tooth (the pulp). The pulp contains connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerves, so such deep or severe damage is often associated with intense and persistent pain. While the pulp supports a developing tooth, it is unnecessary for a mature tooth’s health. It may be necessary to proceed with removing the damaged pulp tissues.
The process has an undeserved reputation as being painful, but the truth is, once the nerves are removed or gone, you will no longer experience the sensation of pain! Patients finally get relief after days or even weeks of enduring toothaches, swelling, and other unpleasant symptoms. RCT is often described as no more extensive than a simple filling, and many patients wish they had undergone treatment sooner instead of needlessly suffering.
The day of
The procedure is tolerated well with precision, localized numbing anesthetic. However, we are happy to discuss sedative options available at our Upstate and Midlands offices for utmost relaxation and comfort.
Once you are thoroughly numbed and relaxed, we will open the tooth. The inside of the tooth is then accessed. We want to reach the pulp and remove the damaged tissues. Our dentists clean and reshape the root canals before sealing the tooth and completing the procedure. Think of this process as providing a fresh start for your tooth! We’ll generally apply a temporary crown to protect the site while your tooth heals and to clear infection that may be present. It is essential for us to promptly place a permanent crown, which ensures the long-term strength of the treated tooth. Of course, no treatment is 100% appropriate. Not all teeth can be saved with root canal therapy. But, in those cases, we are happy to be leaders in yet another service: dental implants for tooth replacement. You can trust our expertise in all facets of dentistry, from modest cosmetic services to full-mouth rehabilitation. Call (864) 655-7788 to schedule your consultation at Crowns Now Family Dentistry’s five SC locations – Greenville, Greer, Irmo, and Woodruff.
Root canal therapy is a very common procedure. It has a reputation of being undesirable and painful. But when done properly it is actually painless. Every tooth in your mouth is composed of a crown and a root. When a cavity or bacteria penetrates the tooth, the root and its nerves become irritated. As a result, the bacteria within the pulp cavity needs to be removed and cleaned in order to restore the tooth to its healthy state. Following the procedure, the tooth is fragile and consequently is restored with the natural crown for a lifetime of durability. Root canals have a success rate of 95% or greater. Most root canal are diagnosed by patients’ sensitivities to a specific tooth. Be sure to consult your dentist any symptoms or discomfort occur.