Root canal treatment is an easy and straightforward procedure to give you relief from dental pain and save your teeth. The center of a tooth has a pulp chamber that comprises nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues that help develop your tooth's roots. When the pulp in this chamber becomes severely infected, it becomes vital to remove the infection. By doing so, the loss of a tooth and other potentially serious conditions can be prevented. The procedure to eliminate the infection is known as root canal therapy. It is a safe and effective method to retain the quality and appearance of your smile.
When Would You Require Root Canal Therapy?
Here are some symptoms that may indicate you need root canal therapy:
- Prolonged and continuous tooth pain.
- Agonizing toothache pain that radiates to your jaw, neck, or ear.
- A pimple on your gum may ooze pus or blood.
- Tenderness of the tooth and gum when chewing and eating.
- Swelling in the face and neck.
- Swollen, tender lymph nodes.
- Lingering sensitivity to hot and cold foods.
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth.
If you are exhibiting any of these symptoms, you are most likely to have an abscessed tooth. If the abscess is left untreated, the infection could spread to the jaw and throughout the face. It may even result in tooth loss, requiring additional restorative treatments to reestablish your smile.
How is Root Canal Therapy Done?
Root canal therapy cures problems associated with the soft tissue deep inside your tooth, known as the pulp. The pulp lies underneath a hard layer of dentin and the outer enamel of your tooth. The pulp consists of the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues, which help sustain the tooth. The pulp runs from the surface of your tooth to the tip of the roots and is supported by the surrounding tissues. Since your tooth receives nourishment from those surrounding tissues, a fully developed tooth can survive without its pulp. If the pulp gets infected or swollen, it could cause severe pain or lead to a bacterial infection known as an abscess.
During root canal therapy at Ken Caryl Dental, our dentist will remove the inflamed or infected pulp, and then clean and shape the insides of the root canal. The area is then filled with a medicated material, and the opening is sealed.
The final step is possibly the further restoration of the tooth. A tooth that most often needs a root canal has had a large filling or extensive decay. Hence it has to be strengthened with a restoration such as a crown to protect it from breakage and reinstate it to full function.
Call Ken Caryl Dental at phone number (303) 9735280 or schedule an online appointment. Email us at: [email protected] to learn more about root canal treatment.