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Root Canal Dentist in Greenville SC

Living with tooth pain can sometimes be unbearable. Even though toothaches are occasionally easy to manage or resolve, oral pain can also be a symptom of a more serious problem, including infection. For teeth in pain due to infection, it’s essential to seek dental treatment sooner rather than later to remove the infection, relieve pain, and, most importantly, save the tooth. Our friendly team at Trail West Family Dentistry is prepared to address your endodontic needs with our modern techniques and state-of-the-art equipment. Here’s what you should know about how root canal treatment may benefit you before scheduling your appointment with one of our experienced dentists.

What is Endodontic Treatment?

Endodontics refers to an area of dentistry that focuses on studying and treating a person’s dental pulp. The term “root canal” has become synonymous with the treatment performed to treat an infected tooth’s root. However, a root canal is merely part of the tooth that connects the crown (or top of the tooth) to a person’s jawbone. Inside the tooth is the dental pulp that works to keep the tooth healthy and contains many nerves. Endodontic treatment, or root canal treatment, is used to restore the health and comfort of teeth with infected dental pulp.

Endodontics Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosing an infected root canal should be done by a dentist. Some key indicators that you likely have an infected tooth that would benefit from endodontic treatment include:

  • Severe oral pain, especially when eating hot or cold foods
  • A cracked or chipped tooth
  • A pimple on your gums
  • Inflamed, swollen, or tender gums
  • Severe tooth decay
  • Discolored gums
  • Lingering tooth sensitivity

Root Canal Therapy Process

Here’s what you can expect from your root canal treatment at Trail West Family Dentistry:

  • The dentist will prepare your mouth by using a local anesthetic to numb it thoroughly.
  • Next, he will remove the infection and pulp from the inside of the tooth.
  • Then, he will fill the empty hole inside of your tooth with an adhesive cement-like material.
  • Lastly, he will place a dental crown over the damaged tooth to restore its appearance and function.

What is an Endodontist?

An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in caring for the pulp of one’s teeth and restoring teeth to health through root canal treatments. While many general dentists are equipped to address infected teeth and pulp, your dentist might refer you to an endodontist if your infection is especially complicated.

Benefits of Endodontic Treatment

Endodontic treatment offers many benefits, including:

  • Improving the appearance of severely decayed teeth
  • Restoring one’s oral health function, such as chewing and speaking
  • Relieving pain
  • Restoring one’s overall oral health and preventing infection from spreading

Root Canal Treatment Cost

The cost of your root canal treatment will depend on your dental insurance plan. Please contact our office to learn more about what your dental insurance policy covers.

Root Canal Treatment at Trail West Family Dentistry

If you’re living with the pain that comes with an infected tooth, root canal treatment may be an option for you. While endodontic treatment may seem scary or painful, it’s a simple, quick, relatively pain-free way to save your natural teeth. At Trail West Family Dentistry, we are eager to help restore your smile’s comfort, function, and appearance in a professional, comfortable environment. Contact us today to schedule your consultation at our trusted dental office. We look forward to helping you smile again!