Oconee County, Clemson, & Seneca SC
At SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we believe it is important to prevent tooth loss whenever possible.
Losing a permanent tooth not only affects your self-confidence but has oral health ramifications including:
- Cause teeth to shift
- Uneven bite
- Pain when chewing
- Pain in jaw joints
- TMJ disorder
- Gum disease
- Damage to existing teeth or dental work
If the interior structure of a tooth (the nerve) has been compromised, we can treat it by performing a root canal.
Why do you need a root canal?
The most typical reason for a root canal is when the interior soft tissue of a tooth becomes infected because of a deep cavity, or when a tooth gets cracked or chipped, exposing the nerve. Sometimes blunt trauma to the mouth can cause the nerve inside of the tooth to die, resulting in a discolored tooth that does not respond to whitening treatments, and is brittle or prone to breaking.
This tissue, also referred to as the pulp or dental pulp contains all the blood vessels and nerves of a tooth. When exposed, the affected tooth will often cause severe pain. If not treated by removing the pulp, then an infection can spread or lead to more serious oral health concerns, or even tooth loss.
What can you expect from a root canal procedure?
You can expect to make multiple visits to your dentist for any root canal procedure.
At the first visit, after an anesthetic is applied to the infected tooth, the dentist will remove any bacteria and infected pulp. Removing this infected material typically involves drilling into the canals of the tooth roots to ensure total removal. We will install a temporary filling to protect the tooth, and you may need to take an antibiotic following your treatment.
Following a root canal procedure, the tooth will become susceptible to breaking, which is why we recommend a dental crown to strengthen the tooth. Therefore, the tooth can also be prepped for the crown during your root canal procedure. You may schedule this step in a separate appointment if time constraints are a concern.
At the next visit, the temporary filling will be removed. Then, a crown will be installed to restore the exterior of the tooth. We offer both PFM (porcelain-fused-to-metal) and metal-free crowns.
It is crucial to choose a dentist who has the training and experience to perform a root canal. For a consultation or to schedule an appointment, please contact SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry today at (864) 647-9000.
SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry is proud to serve patients in the areas of Oconee County, Clemson, & Seneca SC.