If you`re experiencing persistent pain in the area surrounding a single tooth, you may need a root canal-one of the scariest phrases a dentist can utter. Despite the negative connotations associated with root canals, however, they`re actually one of the best ways to relieve pain and swelling inside the mouth caused by cavities and bacteria. Without treatment, loss of the tooth is likely, as tooth decay reaching the pulp tissue inside the tooth causes infection.
The inside of each tooth contains soft tissue and nerves running from the root to the crown. A crack, deep cavity, or other injury to a tooth can cause the nerve to become damaged and infected. Without treatment, patients can experience pain, swelling and abscesses, tooth loss, and eventually even damage to the surrounding bone. Your dentist at Savannah Dental Care will save your tooth by gently removing damaged tissue and nerves, then carefully cleaning and sealing it to protect it from bacteria. In most cases, root canals are no more uncomfortable than getting a filling and we offer comfort options that can put you in a calm, relaxed state while performing this simple procedure.