Root Canal Treatment in Charleston

Nobody likes waking up to tooth pain – and nobody wants to hear that a root canal is the best way to solve the problem! 

Unfortunately, root canals have gotten a bad name, but with anesthetics today and sedation options, we can help you stay comfortable during the procedure. Because of advancements in dentistry, today's root canal therapy feels very similar to almost any restorative procedure such as a filling or a crown. The truth is, a root canal's bad reputation is actually quite unfair. Using root canal therapy, we can preserve teeth that would otherwise have to be extracted.

Woman with Toothache | Root Canals Charleston SCCommon Symptoms Leading to Root Canal Treatment

The symptoms that may indicated that a root canal is needed often come on quickly. Other times, we may detect the need for a root canal at your regular dental appointment, before you experience any pain or other symptoms.

Call our office right away if you experience:

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Pressure or throbbing
  • A pimple on the gums

These are often the signs of an infection in the pulp. Often, successful root canal treatment depends on timely treatment. When ignored, symptoms can often worsen and require a dental emergency visit. Without prompt care, you may lose your tooth.

Having root canal therapy, on the other hand, may save your tooth!

X-ray of tooth | Root Canal Therapy Charleston SCHow Root Canals Work

The goal of a root canal is to remove the infection, the damaged nerve, and other damaged tissue from your tooth. We do so thoroughly, giving you the best chance at feeling great again in no time.

Because we remove the nerve from your tooth, your tooth will become more brittle. After root canal therapy, we will place a protective crown on your tooth to add additional support and protect it from the force of chewing.

Why Go through So Much Trouble to Save a Tooth?

Your natural teeth are important to your oral health and to your bite. When you lose a tooth, it can throw the function of your teeth off and even lead to other serious oral health conditions – including tooth loss. When there's a gap in your smile, your remaining teeth can tilt, much like losing one post in a long fence. This collapse can change the way your teeth come together, causing discomfort, jaw problems, and premature wear.

What might seem like heroic efforts to save a troubled tooth can often prevent more complex treatment in the future.

Are You Experiencing Tooth Pain?

If you are having tooth pain or swelling, call us at (843)762-1234 and let Dr. Thomas or Dr. Weir ease your tooth pain quickly and comfortably. We'll get you in quickly and help you feel like yourself again!