Natural teeth have been proven to withstand intense stress, but sometimes even they can sustain serious trauma. This often leads to infection, swelling, and pain. Many patients have a tendency to ignore dental pain for several days, thinking that it will take care of itself. However, mouth pain only gets worse over time; that’s why you should seek the care of a dentist when it occurs. Like any acute damage to the body, your tooth will need treatment to heal, such as a root canal or extraction.
Human teeth have a protective coating called enamel, which is actually the strongest substance in the human body. At the center of each tooth, beneath a layer of sensitive dentin, there are also root canals that house what we call the pulp or nerve. This nerve keeps the tooth alive. If you experience a deep cavity or crack that compromises the tooth’s nerve, the tooth can become infected and die. Your body will then increase blood flow to the tooth, which creates pressure. The toothache you feel is a direct result of that pressure. Often, Dr. Walker will recommend root canal therapy to re-establish good oral health and save the tooth from extraction.
Modern root canal therapy is more efficient and comfortable than ever. In most cases, the procedure can be completed in a single office visit! We ensure that our patients feel relaxed during the procedure, so don’t be surprised if you actually fall asleep. In addition, Dr. Walker offers various levels of sedation dentistry for total peace of mind and body. During a root canal, Dr. Walker will remove infection from the tooth and fill the canal with a manmade substance. He’ll then seal the tooth with a crown. Our Salt Lake City family dentistry office offers durable, attractive BruxZir Solid Zirconia crowns that blend seamlessly with your smile, so not only will your comfort be restored with root canal therapy, the esthetics of your smile will be pleasing as well.
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, contact our Salt Lake City family dental office for an appointment today. We make every effort to see patients with problems the same day. If Dr. Walker finds that you have a deep infection or decay, a root canal may relieve the pain and restore health to your tooth. Patients in the Salt Lake Valley will find our office conveniently located.