Root Canal An Overview
The goal of modern dentistry is to maintain and restore the natural teeth whenever possible, avoiding the cascade of dental problems associated with lost teeth. Dr. Cook performs root canals at Tarheel Family Dentistry in Chapel Hill to preserve your natural tooth while addressing the effects of infection or severe trauma.
The root canal process has been significantly improved as a result of better technique, tools and materials, typically causing no more discomfort for patients than a typical dental filling. Dr. Cook may additionally recommend the placement of a dental crown after your root canal to strengthen the tooth, prevent future damage and ensure a lasting result.
For anxious patients, we offer oral sedation so that you can feel relaxed and stress-free during the procedure. Dr. Cook will discuss this option along with your medical history prior to treatment.
Root Canal What to Expect
The term root canal refers to the interior of a tooth where the pulp and nerves are located. A root canal treatment is needed when a tooth is significantly damaged or has decay that extends into the pulp chamber. Tooth pain is usually the first sign a patient may experience, though a dentist can often spot infection during routine examinations. Signs you may need a root canal can include:
- Increased or new sensitivity in the affected tooth
- Tooth pain that is sudden and acute
- Changes in the color of the tooth
- A pimple like growth along the gum line
If you are concerned about the health of a tooth or experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment in our office with Dr. Cook for a possible tooth infection. Prompt treatment is important for the health of your teeth- and your overall health. An untreated tooth infection can eventually enter the bloodstream and put you at an increased risk for life-threatening illness.