No one ever wants to hear the words "you need a root canal." Everyone has heard the horror stories and jokes about how painful and traumatic root canals are supposed to be, but the truth about the treatment is actually the opposite. It might be hard for some people to believe, but not only are root canals not an extraordinarily painful procedure, but they are actually the antidote to the pain caused by a damaged or severely decayed tooth. Dr. Julie Camp-Tome, Dr. Benjamin Wietecha and Dr. M. Glenn Barker at Hilton Head Dental Team in Hilton Head Island, SC offer root canal therapy, as well as cosmetic and general dentistry services for the whole family.
Root Canal Therapy in Hilton Head Island, SC
Despite its terrible reputation, root canal therapy is one of the most effective treatment options available to help save a tooth that has been badly damaged through trauma or severe decay. Most people describe the process as similar to having a cavity filled in terms of the level of pain and discomfort.
When is a Root Canal Necessary?
When bacteria reaches the pulp (the tissue and blood vessels inside the tooth), it can lead to infection, pain, and damage to the tooth's nerve tissue. A root canal consists of removing the root and nerve tissue, cleaning the inside of the tooth, and sealing it to prevent further infection.
How Do You Know if You Need a Root Canal?
The most common sign that something is wrong is pain and inflammation around the gums. Trauma to a tooth sometimes requires a root canal, but ultimately your dentist has to examine the tooth to determine whether a root canal is necessary.
Find a Family Dentist in Hilton Head Island, SC
Don't let fear or anxiety keep you or a member of your family from getting the dental care you need. If you are experiencing pain or other signs of dental damage or tooth decay, contact Hilton Head Dental Team by calling (843) 681-9666 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today.