Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

Root canal therapy has come a long way, with incredible strides and advances in dental technology, endodontic techniques, and anesthetics. Today’s root canals are virtually painless, comparable to having a tooth filled. At Main Street Dental Smiles, we are committed to delivering the comfortable, gentle care you deserve!

Why Would a Tooth Require a Root Canal Treatment?

A Root canal is an endodontic treatment indicated when the pulp inside the tooth is infected or inflamed. That can result from deep decay, a crack or chip in a tooth, or dental trauma. Left untreated, tooth pulp damage can cause complications, including tooth pain, swelling, or an abscess, which could lead to bone loss around the tooth’s root. Worse yet, the infection may enter the bloodstream, wreaking havoc on your overall health.

Root canal therapy is the only way to save a tooth and prevent the need for an extraction. It eliminates the pain and infection and helps maintain a natural tooth’s health, function, and appearance. Root canals have a success rate of more than 95 percent. With proper care, a root canal-treated tooth can last a lifetime.

What Are Symptoms of Tooth Pulp Damage?

Symptoms of root canal problems include:

  • A persistent toothache
  • Sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Swelling and tenderness of the gums
  • A pimple or bump on the gums

In some cases, tooth pulp damage may not produce any symptoms, which is why it’s so important to maintain your routine dental exams and cleanings. Our team will evaluate every aspect of your oral health and treat any problems as they emerge.

What Is the Root Canal Procedure?

We will numb the affected tooth using a local anesthetic and administer dental sedation, if needed, for your comfort. We will make a small opening in the tooth’s crown to access and remove the infected pulp tissue and then clean, shape, and sterilize the area. We’ll place a biocompatible, rubber-like material called gutta-percha in the root canals, then seal the space.

After a root canal, the tooth will require a custom dental crown to strengthen it and fortify its structure. The procedure involves shaping the tooth then taking impressions of the area to send to a dental laboratory for fabrication. We’ll place a temporary dental crown on the treated tooth until your permanent one is ready. Once in place, your new crown will restore your tooth’s function and appearance.

Gentle Root Canal Treatments in Whitesboro, TX

Visit Main Street Dental Smiles to learn more about our gentle root canal treatments. Our team is committed to ensuring our valued patients enjoy outstanding, stress-free care. Call us at 903-564-3451 to schedule your appointment today!

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