Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure that removes the infected or inflamed pulp from inside your tooth. The pulp is a soft tissue containing nerves and blood vessels that provide nourishment to your teeth. When it becomes infected due to decay, trauma, or other reasons, it can cause severe pain and sensitivity.
The root canal therapy help relieve this pain. Root canal therapy has high success rates at saving natural teeth while relieving pain caused by inflammation or infection within them.
When Is Root Canal Therapy Needed?
When a tooth is decayed or infected, it can cause severe pain and discomfort. In some cases, the damage may be so extensive that a simple filling won't suffice. This is where root canal therapy comes in.
Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic treatment, is needed when the pulp inside a tooth becomes inflamed or infected. The pulp contains nerves and blood vessels that are responsible for keeping the tooth healthy. If it becomes damaged due to decay or trauma, bacteria can enter the pulp and cause an infection that could spread to other teeth and oral structures.
Symptoms of an infected tooth include severe pain when chewing or biting down, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures even after they're removed from your mouth, and discoloration of the affected tooth. Without proper treatment, an infected tooth can lead to abscesses and other serious health problems.
If you experience any of these symptoms, it's time to schedule an appointment with our dentist. They will examine your teeth and determine whether root canal therapy is necessary based on X-rays and other diagnostic tests.
The Process of Root Canal Therapy
First, our dentist will numb the area around the affected tooth with local anesthesia. Then, they will create an opening in the top of your tooth to access the infected or inflamed pulp. Using small instruments, they will then remove this pulp from within your tooth and clean out any remaining debris or bacteria.
The next step involves shaping and enlarging the root canals using specialized tools. This ensures that all infected material has been removed from inside your tooth.
Once this is completed, our dentist will fill in these newly cleaned spaces with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. A filling or crown is placed over the opening to seal off your tooth completely.
Root canal therapy usually requires more than one visit to be completed successfully, but once done correctly by an experienced professional like our team, you'll be able to go back to doing normal activities without any discomfort!
Remember that if you're experiencing persistent dental pain or other symptoms such as swelling or sensitivity around a particular tooth, seek immediate treatment! Don't wait until it becomes unbearable; schedule an appointment today for prompt diagnosis and treatment options!
To learn more about our dental services, call us at (972) 576-0602 or visit Pearson Family Dentistry at 307 East Ovilla Road #400, Red Oak, TX 75154.