Endodontic treatment, or root canal therapy, treats the soft inner tissue of the tooth called the pulp. The pulp may become inflamed due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth, a cracked tooth, or a chip or break. If left untreated, the inflammation will spread to the bone and possibly cause an abscess. You may also experience acute pain when biting down or applying pressure to the tooth.
During root canal treatment, our dentist at Spectacular Smiles, will gently remove the infected tissue from the canal of your tooth and then thoroughly disinfect the canal space to prevent future infections. A dental crown will be placed over the treated tooth to restore its function and appearance.
When Is Endodontic Treatment Needed?
The most common reason patients seek endodontic treatment is to treat an infection deep within the gums. While in some cases, the condition may clear up with antibiotics, if the infection persists after the first round of medication, our dentist may recommend root canal therapy to remove the infection and restore the damaged teeth with tooth restorations.
In other cases, traumatic injury to the mouth may damage the nerve tissue inside the tooth. When this occurs, the tooth may become painful or sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, eventually requiring root canal therapy. Traumatic injury is another reason why it is essential to wear a mouthguard while playing contact sports or while participating in any other activity where an unexpected impact on the face is possible.
The Benefits of Endodontic Treatment
Endodontic therapy can help save your natural teeth, prevent the need for tooth extractions, and protect your oral health. It can also help to prevent the spread of infection and disease to other areas of the mouth or body. A root canal may be performed if decay has reached the inner pulp of your tooth, causing tooth pain and sensitivity. This may result in an infection or abscessed tooth. During your procedure, the infected tissue will be removed from the tooth's roots, and the canals will be cleaned and sealed to prevent further damage.
In addition, a dental crown may be placed over the tooth following successful root canal therapy to restore its strength and integrity. This will protect the treated tooth and restore its appearance, and it will also help prevent the recurrence of the issue that caused it to require the procedure in the first place.
If you are experiencing symptoms of a tooth infection, such as pain when biting and chewing, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, and dark discoloration of the affected teeth, contact Spectacular Smiles at 11500 State Hwy 121 Suite 820, Frisco, TX 75035, or call (214) 407-8012 to schedule an examination to find out if you could benefit from root canal therapy.