Many people try to avoid root canals at all costs, even preferring to have their teeth extracted because of the false rumors surrounding this tooth-saving procedure. We want to reassure you that in our Evansville, IN dental office, we provide painless root canals using the appropriate levels of anesthetic to keep you comfortable during your procedure. In most cases, patients are relieved by having a root canal and feel significantly improved by the time they leave our dental practice.
Here are the three main problems that can lead to the need for a root canal.
Deep Decay That Spreads To The Nerve
An undetected filling can cause significant damage to the tooth, and may not even be visible from the outside. A small fissure, undetectable to the naked eye, can allow bacteria to travel deep inside the tooth and eat it away from the inside out.
This is one of the many reasons that we stress how important it is for routine exams and x-rays, not to mention the importance of dental cleanings to clean away bacteria that cause cavities.
Sports or auto accidents can cause trauma to the teeth. A strong bump or impact can lead to a compromised tooth that requires root canal treatment. In addition, teeth grinding and clenching can impact the tooth repeatedly, leaving the tooth compromised or infected. In the case of teeth grinding, orthodontics or a bite balancing appointment can resolve the excessive force placed on a specific tooth.
An infection that begins either due to decay or periodontal disease leads to a tooth that requires root canal therapy to save the tooth.
If you have a toothache or think you may have a tooth infection, in our Evansville, IN dental office, we offer reliable and gentle root canal treatment to help you feel like yourself again. Common signs include swelling, pain, and sensitivity. Give us a call. We can help.