Root canals have long had a bad reputation, however, advancements in the field of endodontics and anesthetics have streamlined the procedure to be more efficient, painless, and cost effective. In fact, root canal recovery often produces little if any discomfort or significant maintenance.
What Is a Root Canal?
Beneath a layer of enamel and dentin, human teeth house a network of living tissue known as pulp. Pulp is soft tissue that contains the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue of the tooth. When a tooth’s pulp becomes damaged, infected, or decayed, it must be removed in order to preserve the tooth. The removal process of dead or rotted oral pulp is known as a root canal.
Reasons for a Root Canal
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, then a root canal procedure may be necessary to save your natural tooth.
- Inflammation – Teeth that ache when chewing and excessively swollen gums are signs of infected and inflamed pulp, which often require a root canal to correct. If left untreated, pulp damage can lead to a painful abscess, disease, and decay in the tooth.
- Tooth Sensitivity – Is ice cold water or hot coffee causing you severe tooth pain? Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold foods and liquids can signify the need for a root canal.
- Tooth Damage – Oral trauma from an accident or from biting down on a hard substance can leave nerves exposed and lead to infection. If you’ve broken a tooth, an emergency root canal may be recommended to relieve pain, salvage your tooth from extraction, and prevent the spread of infection to your blood stream.
Experienced Endodontic Care
If you are suffering from tooth pain, contact your local Leesburg dentist, Dr. Eddie C. Orobitg, DMD. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Orobitg is not only a general dentist, but also highly skilled in endodontic procedures like root canals. Whether you need a root canal or a routine dental exam, Dr. Orobitg can diagnose any discomfort and determine the right course of action to quickly resolve your tooth pain. To get information about root canals or schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Eddie Orobitg by calling 352-787-5919.