No matter how carefully you take care of your smile, there may still come a time when you need a root canal. Whether this is due to dental decay or a traumatic injury to the tooth, our team is here to help. While the root canal serves to preserve the tooth’s health, the crown ensures these results are prolonged—giving you the confidence to show off your smile for years to come.
If you have a tooth that is severely decayed or has been injured, a root canal may be the best option to save the tooth and restore your smile. Read below to learn more about root canals and dental crowns, and how our Waterbury, NC team can help you.
What Is A Root Canal?
A root canal is a procedure that is performed when the pulp of the tooth, which contains the nerves and blood vessels, becomes infected or damaged. This can be due to dental decay, a cracked tooth, or a fracture to the tooth. During a root canal, the infected or damaged pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. This ensures that the infection does not spread and that the tooth can function properly.
What Is A Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a restoration that is placed over a tooth to protect it from further damage. Typically utilized following a root canal, the crown covers the entire tooth and restores it to its original shape and size.
When you visit our office for a dental crown, our team will first determine if this restoration is necessary. If so, the tooth will be prepared for the crown and an impression will be taken. This impression will be used to create your custom crown, which will be placed over the tooth and bonded in place.
Signs Of A Tooth Infection
There are a few signs that may indicate you have an infected tooth, which include:
- Severe toothache pain that does not go away
- Swollen or tender gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Visible decay on the tooth
If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to visit our office as soon as possible. Our team will assess the tooth and determine if a root canal is necessary.
Securing Your Smile Health
While a root canal can be an intimating procedure, our team is here to ensure you are comfortable throughout the entire process. We will work with you to ensure you feel relaxed and at ease, and will answer any questions you may have before beginning. Overall, this procedure and restoration are available to help you maintain your smile’s health and keep your smile looking its best—which is what we want for all our patients.
If you think you may need a root canal or dental crown, or if you have any questions about these procedures, please call our office today. We would be more than happy to help you in any way we can.