Do You Need Root Canal Therapy?
By Payton Cosmetic Dentistry
July 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal Therapy  

If you are suffering from tooth pain, it can be quite distressing. The pain can take over your life, making it difficult to sleep and get through your day. Fortunately, there is a cure for tooth pain—it’s called root canal therapy, and it's a simpler procedure than you might realize. Here at Payton Cosmetic Dentistry in Aiken, SC, Dr. Thomas E. Payton offers a full range of dental services, including root canal therapy, to help you smile again. Read on to learn more.

Save your smile

So, how do you know if you need root canal therapy? The truth is, only your dentist can tell for sure, but you may begin to notice telltale signs and symptoms, such as:

  • Acute, stabbing pain when you chew or bite down
  • Increasing pain when you consume hot, cold, or sugary foods or beverages
  • Chronic, aching, or throbbing pain that doesn’t ever go away
  • A white or red bump appearing on your gums next to a tooth root
  • Drainage, blood, or pus coming out of the bump on your gums
  • A tooth that appears noticeably darker or grayer than its neighbors

If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, there is a good chance that you may need root canal therapy, making it a good time to go visit Dr. Payton. Once in his office, your dentist can use all of the latest diagnostic tools including testing and imaging to look for dark areas around tooth roots. These are sure signs of bone destruction, indicating that you have a dental abscess and need a root canal.

Root canal treatment begins with a thorough numbing of the problem area in order to ensure a discomfort free procedure. Next, the infected tissue is removed and the tooth is packed with a sedative material, thus eliminating inflammation, pressure, and pain. Now that your tooth is no longer painful, an inert material is placed inside the tooth. The tooth is given a small filling, and your root canal is complete!

Need relief? Contact us

Don’t let tooth pain interrupt your life when help is just a phone call away—dial (803) 649-5558 now and schedule an appointment with Payton Cosmetic Dentistry in Aiken, SC, today!

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