Patients in Garland and the surrounding communities who are experiencing pain and discomfort in a tooth may be nervous to learn that a root canal treatment is necessary. However, with anesthesia and sedation, patients can have this procedure in comfort.
Root Canal Therapy explained
Root Canal is a procedure used by dentists to save a tooth that has severe decay or infection. An infected tooth needs to be taken care of right away. Without treatment, the infection may spread to surrounding teeth and tissues, leading to abscesses or even the need for surgery. In severe cases, the infection can spread to your neck and head, so it is imperative that you get it taken care of.
During the root canal procedure, the infection and pulp are removed, and the tooth is sealed. Often, the tooth may be weakened and in need of a crown. Your dentist will be able to evaluate your unique case and provide a treatment plan for your needs.
Reasons for removing the pulp of a tooth
Bacteria can form rapidly when a tooth’s pulp or nerve is damaged, leading to infection. Abscesses occur when the infection extends beyond the roots. By removing the dental pulp and infection, patients no longer experience sensitivity and the health of the smile is protected while retaining the natural tooth.
Symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal
Some of the symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal procedure are:
- Severe pain in a tooth when pressure is applied
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- Swelling of gums
- Darkened or discolored teeth
- Abscesses or pus in the gums
Sometimes, there will not be any obvious symptoms, so twice a year visits to your dentist are highly recommended.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms and you are concerned that you may need root canal therapy, please call Kings Dental today to schedule a consultation visit and examination to determine if this procedure can relieve your pain and save your natural tooth!