Are you experiencing tooth pain that you cannot explain? Perhaps shooting pain in your gums or jaws is keeping you up at night? Even if you are just starting to notice a dull ache in your cheek, all of these symptoms could be signs of an infected tooth that needs root canal therapy. Here at the Lumberton, NC, office of Dr. Colin Osborne, III, we can use root canal therapy to help save your smile—read on to learn how.
What is root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy, often simply referred to as a "root canal," is a procedure that takes two or more dental appointments. The purpose of root canal therapy is to treat a tooth that has been affected by an infection of the tooth structure.
The process involves numbing the gums around the tooth and then removing the infected or dead tooth pulp from inside the root canal. The root canal is then cleaned out, and your dentist may fill it with medicine to clear up any remaining infection. Finally, the tooth will be filled with a temporary filling.
At your second appointment, the dentist will remove the temporary filling, and put a permanent filler into the root canal, as well as a permanent filling over the tooth to finish the job.
Root canal treatment from our Lumberton office can save your natural tooth structure, and prevent any need for either tooth extraction or the placement of false teeth. Accordingly, your oral and general health will remain healthy, and you won't have to spend money on more expensive tooth replacement treatments.
Interested? Give us a call!
If you are experiencing symptoms and wish to seek consultation for root canal therapy, call your dentist, Dr. Colin Osborne, today at (910) 738-9396 to schedule an appointment at our Lumberton, NC, office.