Do you have tooth pain that is increasing and especially sensitive to hot and/or cold? Do you have old filings that may be degrading, causing new decay and pain when chewing?
It could be that, over time, the filling became loose and it is now exposing the nerve. It could be an infection. It could be that the tooth is dying for some reason. Whatever the exact cause, the most common treatment is to remove the filling, do root canal surgery on the tooth and then give the tooth a crown to hold it all together. This can save the natural tooth, which is always preferred, if possible, over a tooth extraction.
A root canal is nothing to fear! Dr. John Cutting offers root canal therapy at Edgewater Dental Arts and with the aid of sedation dentistry, patients who undergo the procedure feel minimal pain during treatment. Most will experience relief after the procedure because infected tissue has been removed.
What exactly is a root canal?
It is a procedure that opens the tooth up, cleans out the soft pulp and nerve tissue inside, and replaces it with stable material. If there is signs of infection, antibiotics may be prescribed. After the soft tissue is removed, the tooth is technically dead but it is also essentially immune to further infection. Teeth can last many years after being saved from extraction by a root canal.
Root canal therapy for a dying or decaying tooth can save the natural tooth and offer years of comfort and natural function for patients.
If you have experienced any of the above mentioned symptoms or think you may need to be evaluated for a possible root canal, contact Dr. Cutting at Edgewater Dental Arts and schedule a consultation.