If tooth decay reaches the point where the pulp inside the tooth has become infected, sometimes the only way to keep your smile whole is with root canal therapy at Texas Dentistry in Mesquite. You might have heard that root canals are very painful, but this is inaccurate; the procedure actually relieves discomfort from a toothache and can prevent the need for an extraction. If you’ve been suffering from severe dental pain, call us as soon as possible.
While the term is usually referred to the surgery much of the time, root canals are actually small areas inside the tooth that contain the pulp, which contains many nerves. If the tooth becomes badly decayed, the pulp can be infected, resulting in severe pain.
Root canal therapy is an advanced treatment that removes the infected pulp and nerves, thus stopping the pain. The tooth can function normally without the pulp; it’ll lose its sensitivity, but other than that it won’t have any negative effect on your oral health. It will, however, stop the infection from spreading to other parts of the body and causing further damage.
In most cases, root canal therapy is necessary for patients who are suffering from a painful dental emergency. Some of the warning signs of an infection that a root canal might need to treat include:
The only way for us to know for sure whether you need root canal therapy is with a thorough examination.
After the area around the affected tooth has been numbed, we’ll make a small access hole in the tooth before using a dental file to remove the pulp and nerve structure. Afterwards, we’ll clean the inside of the tooth and, once it’s free of decay, refill it with a biocompatible substance. The last step is to reseal the access hole. In many cases, you’ll also get a dental crown to strengthen and protect the tooth. The number of appointments necessary to complete your root canal therapy depends on the severity of the situation.
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