What Is Root Canal?
Our teeth consist of dental enamel, dentin, and pulp. Dental enamel forms the outer layer, while dentin is a softer layer beneath it. The pulp, which is a soft tissue, is located beneath the dentin and contains connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels.
Normally, the pulp is well protected by enamel and dentin. However, if bacteria enter the area through a deep cavity, fracture, or tooth trauma, it can lead to an infection.
An infected tooth is usually very painful, and if left untreated, the pain will persist and worsen. In such cases, the only option is to remove the tooth, although this is never our first choice.
Missing teeth can cause various oral health problems, such as bone loss and shifting of surrounding teeth. Root canal treatment provides a solution by eliminating the infection, preserving natural teeth, and restoring oral health. Compared to tooth extraction, root canal treatment is less uncomfortable and has shorter recovery times.
Signs that may indicate the need for root canal treatment include:
- Severe toothache
- Jaw discomfort or inflammation
- Intense tooth sensitivity
- Gum bump resembling a pimple
- Puffy, red, or swollen gums
- Possible unpleasant taste or smell in the mouth
If you observe any of these indications and suspect a tooth infection, please contact our dental office in Richardson immediately. An infected root canal requires urgent attention, not only for your comfort but also for your overall health, safety, and well-being.
Your comfort is guaranteed.
If you experience dental anxiety, we have the ideal solution for you. Nitrous Oxide will help you relax during your dental procedure. Moreover, we provide neck pillows, blankets, and TVs in our treatment rooms to ensure your comfort and well-being.
Before beginning the procedure, our dentist will administer a potent local anesthetic to numb the tooth. This guarantees that you won't feel any pain during the treatment. If you arrived at our clinic in pain, you'll be relieved to experience immediate relief once the tooth is numb!