Root Canals Save Teeth in Addison TX
In the past, if you had a tooth with an infected nerve that gave you a big toothache, you’d probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called root therapy (or root canal treatment) you may be able to save that tooth–and get rid of the toothache!
The inside of a tooth consists of nerve pulp. The nerves are the vestige of the tissue that originally formed the tooth. Once the tooth has been in the mouth for a time, the functioning of the nerves are no longer necessary.
Bacteria can enter through cracks and deep cavities and cause a toothache in the pulp. Left without treatment, pus builds up at the root tip in the jawbone, forming a “pus-pocket” called an abscess. An abscess can cause the pulp tissue to die. The infected pulp has to be removed to prevent pain, swelling and toothaches. Certain by-products of the infection can injure your jawbone and your overall health. Without root canal treatment, you may need a tooth extraction.
What To Expect During Root Canals
During root canals, the cosmetic dentist gently removes the infected pulp, cleans and fills the space where the infection was and then seals the area. Sometimes if the root canal happened towards the back, a dental crown is placed on the back teeth to strengthen the remaining bone structure. As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.
Most of the time, a root canal involves one to three visits. If you have dental anxiety, we are also pleased to offer dental sedation for anyone who needs a root canal procedure or for any other treatment. A root canal can save your smile and your tooth.
If you have a toothache or would like more information about root canals from The Addison Dentist, give us a call today. No one needs suffer with a toothache ever again.