Southlake Dentist Relieves Root Canal Pain
A root canal treatment is sometimes called a root canal, but this can be misleading. Each tooth has a root canal at its center. This canal houses the dental pulp that is filled with nerves. The canal acts as a conduit through which hydration and nutrients travel to maintain the health of the tooth. When the tooth’s pulp suffers severe trauma either through decay or other exposure, a root canal treatment may be necessary.
Why is a Root Canal Treatment Necessary?
Your dentist may recommend a root canal treatment for many different reasons. One of the primary benefits of root canal treatment is that unlike tooth extractions, a root canal will save the hard structure of your tooth. Some of the reasons for a root canal treatment include:
- Relief of root canal pain caused by infection or decay
- Relief from tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Preventing the spread of infection to other teeth
- Preventing an infection that may spread, through your bloodstream, to other systems in your body.
Symptoms that May Indicate the Need for a Root Canal
Symptoms vary from person to person, even some people present with no root canal symptoms at all. Generally speaking, however, symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal include tenderness, sensitivity to hot and cold, or pain emanating from the compromised tooth. If your tooth is darker than others or is significantly discolored, it may be a sign of adverse conditions in the root canal.
Be sure to let your dentist know if you experience gum tenderness near a tooth or swelling of your cheek, neck, or along the jaw as these may be root canal symptoms that need to be addressed. Additionally, if you experience a prolonged sensitivity to temperature variations when eating or drinking, you may be a candidate for root canal therapy.
Your Southlake dentist Dr. Heron can free you of root canal pain that may put you at risk for other health problems. When left untreated, root canal infections may spread to other parts of your mouth or may enter your bloodstream. Patients with compromised immune systems are especially at risk of spreading infections. Your root canal pain will not go away on its own and will likely worsen if left untreated, sometimes leading to the damage of other teeth or an abscess in the jaw which may leave you with a permanent injury.
What Happens During a Root Canal Treatment?
Using a local anesthetic, your dentist will numb the area so you will only feel pressure during the treatment. Gentle family dentist Dr. Heron uses nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to help patients relax during certain procedures. Be sure to discuss this option if undergoing a dental procedure makes you feel nervous or anxious.
Your dentist will use a small sheet of rubber or other material to protect other teeth while conducting a root canal treatment. This will help prevent fluid and other particles from entering the rest of your mouth. The pulp will then be carefully removed from the tooth. The now empty canal will be disinfected and filled in with a sturdy, rubber-like substance. In most cases, Dr. Heron will place a dental crown over the tooth to return it to its proper functionality.
If your tooth is internally infected, then root canal treatment may be the best way to restore your smile. To find out if you need root canal treatment, schedule an examination by calling Dr. Wright and Dr. Heron at (817) 481-7999. Located in Southlake, TX, we’ve proudly served the residents of Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities since 1992.