By James L. Pyle, DDS
May 28, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: root canal  

Your dentist in Durham, Dr. James Pyle, uses a tried and true restorative treatment called root canal therapy. Perfect for teeth damaged and inflamed by trauma, decay or other circumstance, root canals protect teeth from extraction, relieve pain and infection and strengthen tooth structure. Here are the signs that you may need root canal treatment.

Saving an endangered tooth

There are lots of ways to restore a failing tooth. Fillings and crowns are just two of them. Root canal therapy--also called endodontics--isRoot Canal another, preserving more than 22 million teeth annually, says the American Association of Endodontists.

Performed in two visits, a root canal procedure removes the interior pulp of a tooth experiencing deep decay, abscess, extensive cracking or other situation dangerous to oral health.

Fortunately, a simple oral examination and X-rays tell your dentist in Durham if a root canal procedure would help your tooth. And, good news: the procedure is comfortable, and your tooth can stay in place indefinitely. The adult tooth does quite well without the connective tissue, blood vessels and nerves contained in the interior chamber and slim canals inside each tooth root.

During your root canal treatment, your dentist will extract the infected pulp. Antibiotics and a sealant called gutta percha follows. A temporary cap protects the tooth as it heals for a week or two, and finally, your dentist covers the tooth with a porcelain crown.

Today's endodontic techniques are more precise and successful than ever before. So, you can look forward to pain relief and a tooth that looks and functions perfectly well.

Signs you may need a root canal

In general, your teeth should feel calm, pain-free and well, normal. Any pain or sensitivity to heat, cold or sugary foods signal danger as do these symptoms:

  • Enamel discoloration
  • A pimple on the gums
  • Jaw swelling
  • Difficulty biting and chewing
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Bad tasting drainage from a tooth
  • A big crack or chip

Also, you should know that some teeth exhibit no symptoms whatsoever. That's why your six-month check-ups and professional cleanings are so critical to your oral health.

Root canal therapy can help

You don't have to lose a tooth. Keep it in place for years with accurate root canal therapy from Dr. James Pyle. Contact his friendly staff today for a consultation: (919) 286-9667.