What are Root Canals?
Each tooth has one or more roots. Inside these roots are canals that are filled with soft pulp and nerve tissue. If infection reaches the pulp inside a tooth, it can jeopardize the tooth and become very painful. A root canal procedure will remove the infected pulp inside the tooth to relieve pain and stop the infection. A root canal is often the only way to save an infected tooth from extraction.
Why Would a Root Canal Be Needed?
Teeth become infected when bacteria are allowed to find a way inside to the pulp of the tooth. This can occur when there is tooth decay or deep cavities; it can also happen when there is a cracked or broken tooth. Once the inside of the tooth is infected or abscessed, it can cause inflammation that presses on the nerves, causing tooth pain. A root canal is the only way to remove the infection, saving the tooth and eliminating the pain.
Who Is a Candidate for a Root Canal?
If there is an infection inside the roots of the tooth, a root canal or extraction is needed to prevent spread of the infection. Anyone who has tooth pain or a damaged tooth should see a dentist immediately to determine if a root canal is needed. At The Smile Lounge, we use digital x-rays to view the inside of the tooth to evaluate if the tooth is infected and what treatment is needed. Abscessed or infected teeth will almost always need a root canal to save the tooth from extraction.
What Happens During the Root Canal Procedure?
Root canal procedures are more complicated than a dental filling, but they can usually be performed in one visit. Our dental team will ensure you are comfortable and relaxed in one of our private dental suites before we begin your root canal. The tooth is numbed with local anesthesia to ensure there is no pain. Some patients may request sedation options to help them relax further during the procedure. Dr. Daniels will remove the infected pulp from the inside of the tooth and disinfect the canal before filling it with a sterile material. In most cases, a dental crown is recommended to protect the weakened tooth from further damage.
An infection inside a tooth can be painful and jeopardize your tooth – a root canal can stop the pain and save your tooth from extraction. If you have an infected or painful tooth, contact us at The Smile Lounge in Grand Prairie to schedule an exam and root canal consultation.