We Can Save Your Teeth
At Bozeman Gentle Dentistry, one of our main goals is to do everything we can to save your natural teeth. Our teeth are designed to last a lifetime, but sometimes that is not possible. Whether you experience recurring decay or an injury that damages the health of your tooth, we offer a treatment that can restore your tooth before an extraction is needed. One treatment that we may perform is a root canal.
What is a Root Canal?
Your teeth have many different layers. The outer layer of the tooth is known as the enamel. The inside of the tooth contains the pulp. When the enamel is damaged by decay, and is not treated in a timely fashion, the decay will continue to progress until it reaches the inside of the tooth, and the pulp becomes infected. A root canal is the process of removing the infected pulp and replacing it with a special filling. The tooth root is then sealed, and, in many cases, the treatment is completed with a replacement tooth structure, such as a dental crown. We want patients to know that a root canal is a very common treatment that may seem intimidating, but thanks to advancements in treatments and technology, it can be completed in record time and leave your tooth feeling much better.
Signs that Indicate a Problem
Between visits to our office for your hygiene examination and cleaning, it is important to be mindful of your oral health. Regularly check your mouth for signs of a problem, such as a cracked tooth. Be mindful of any teeth that regularly experience discomfort. If you are between appointments and begin experiencing any of the following symptoms, we recommend visiting our office as soon as possible:
- Recurring sensitivity when eating or drinking hot or cold foods
- Swollen and tender gums
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Discomfort in teeth with fillings
If you are in Bozeman, MT or the surrounding area and are experiencing any of the warning signs mentioned above or any discomfort in one of your teeth, please contact our office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. We want to help save your teeth!