When a tooth is significantly damaged or decayed, it may be possible to avoid tooth extraction by treating the tooth with root canal therapy. Root canal therapy can be used to save a tooth with an infected nerve or damaged pulp. If you suffer from one or more of the following symptoms, you may benefit from root canal therapy:
- Tooth pain while chewing
- Severe tooth sensitivity
- Tenderness and swelling of the nearby gums
- Facial swelling
During root canal therapy, the infected or damaged pulp inside the tooth is removed, the tooth is filled, and finally the tooth is capped with a dental crown to protect it and to restore the function, feel, and look of your tooth.
In some cases, root canal therapy can result in tooth discoloration. At Tony L. Humphries DMD PA, we offer internal bleaching for teeth that are severely darkened following root canal therapy. Internal bleaching involves placing bleach crystals inside the tooth, then removing them after a period of time. Internal bleaching can help brighten, whiten, and revitalize your smile! Call our Columbia, Mississippi office today if you have any questions about root canal therapy, internal bleaching, or any of our other services.