The phrase “root canal” can strike fear into a patient’s heart, but they are in fact one of the most common dental procedures performed in Gulf Shores and they are nothing to be afraid of. Here at Sand Dollar Dental, we perform many root canals every year. It is a simple procedure that repairs serious internal damage to a tooth that would otherwise require the removal of the tooth.
What is a root canal?
At the center of each of your teeth is a substance called “dental pulp.” This pulp is really just a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the tooth and keep it healthy. Tooth decay, cracks or chips, and other tooth damage can lead to infection and damage to the pulp, which can cause an intense amount of pain and actually kill the tooth.
When performing a root canal, your dentist simply removes the damaged pulp, and then cleans and seals the root system. While this occurs, you will be given a local anesthetic to prevent any discomfort. Root canals can usually be successfully completed in one visit to the dentist, and they cure the infection and relieve the related pain. Rather than something to be feared, a root canal is something to look forward to, because it means an end to the pain and suffering of an infected tooth without needing to remove it.
How do I know if I need a root canal?
A serious toothache can be a sign that you will require a root canal, but there are other signs and symptoms of infection. Sensitivity to heat or cold, tenderness to pressure, and discoloration of the tooth are all signs that the dental pulp inside the tooth may be infected. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we recommend you see a dentist right away. If you are in the Gulf Shores area, give Sand Dollar Dental a call and we will be happy to make an appointment.