A root canal is a treatment performed to repair and save an infected tooth instead of removing it altogether. At Hulen Smiles, Implant and Cosmetic dentist in Fort Worth TX, during a root canal, the infected pulp, nerves, and blood vessels are removed from inside the tooth, and the area is cleaned thoroughly. Then, the tooth is filled with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha to seal it off.
Finally, a crown is placed over the tooth to help strengthen it and protect it from future damage. In most cases, a root canal will completely relieve pain and restore the functionality of the affected tooth.
When Is a Root Canal Recommended?
Once the nerve of a tooth becomes infected, there is a risk an abscess can develop. An abscess can be extremely painful and lead to more severe health issues if left untreated. The dentist may recommend a root canal treatment if there is decay inside the tooth or the nerve has become infected. This procedure can save the tooth and avoid the need for extraction.
If a tooth becomes severely infected and is at risk of causing further problems, the dentist may recommend extracting it and replacing it with a restoration. This can help avoid complications in the future that may require costly additional treatments. However, if the damage can be repaired, tooth extraction is not necessary.
If your tooth is treated with a root canal procedure, you can save yourself time, hassle, discomfort, and potential medical bills by taking care of your teeth and making sure to visit our dentist for regular cleanings.
If you are suffering from a toothache and think it could be a sign of infection, contact our dentist as soon as possible for an evaluation.
The Root Canal Procedure
A root canal removes the tooth’s pulp, the inner nerve tissue of the tooth, and the tooth’s blood supply. This treatment is necessary when the nerve tissue becomes inflamed or infected.
During the procedure, our dentist will first numb the area surrounding the affected tooth with a local anesthetic. Then, a small hole is drilled into the tooth to access the inner chamber that contains the pulp and the nerves.
The dentist will remove this tissue using small tools and clean the tooth chambers thoroughly before sealing the hole. Finally, the tooth is restored with a filling or a crown to retain its functionality and appearance.
Without treatment, a tooth infection can spread to the rest of the mouth and cause other complications such as swelling, abscesses, bone loss, and even tooth loss. Visit Hulen Smiles, Implant and Cosmetic Dentist, at 6217 Oakmont Blvd, Fort Worth 76132, or call (817) 585-4159 for the best dental care.