A root canal procedure is used to save a natural tooth once decay has infected the pulp. This extensive procedure includes removing the entire pulp of the tooth. The tooth pulp is center of the tooth where the nerves, connective tissues, and blood vessels are located. At Today’s Dental located here in Livingstone, Texas, it is our priority to provide a wide range of services to make receiving care more convenient for our patients.
There are a couple of different reasons why you or someone in your family might need a root canal, such as:
- Damage caused by injury
- Severe tooth infection or abscessed tooth
- Major crack or break in a tooth, leaving the pulp exposed
- Significant decay caused by a cavity
It is hard to know for sure if you require a root canal without a dental professional’s diagnosis. That being said, here is a list of symptoms that you can look out for.
- Abscessed tooth
- Gum tissue that has bubbled around a tooth, constantly swollen, bleeding, or red
- Intense sensitivity and pain in a specific tooth while biting down
- Discolored tooth enamel
- Prolonged tooth exposure caused by the loss of a crown or filling.
Root Canal Procedure
The root canal procedure is an extensive and detailed procedure that only endodontic dentists can perform. The purpose of the procedure is to remove all decay and infection in the tooth, including the pulp. Once decay has reached the pulp of the tooth the pulp needs to be removed to save the entire tooth from deteriorating.
Using specific root canal treatment tools, the dentist will enter the tooth through a small hole or where the infection has entered. The professional will then use a dental drill to remove the pulp from the center of the tooth down through the roots. Once the decay and pulp have fully been removed, the inner tooth will be cleaned and disinfected in preparation for closure.
To close the tooth and maintain its strength, the tooth is filled with gutta-percha, a thermoplastic material that acts as a permanent bandage, making sure decay or liquid does not enter the tooth. The tooth will then be sealed off with either a dental crown or filling.
At Today’s Dental we encourage our patients to pay close attention to their teeth and to come into our office if they experience any problems or pain. Most root canal treatments can be prevented with minor treatments right after diagnosis. Please call our office or stop by and see us with any questions or concerns you may have.