The term “root canal” is a noun used to define the pulp filled channel in the root of a tooth. The procedure of “root canal” is defined as a treatment in which diseased tissue from this part of the tooth is removed and the cavity is then filled with an inert material. A root canal in Coppell can bring you much needed relief if you are suffering from discomfort or pain.
Why would someone need a root canal? If a tooth is damaged due to excess decay or infection, the root canal is a process that could repair a tooth in an effort to save the tooth. During a root canal, the nerve and pulp of the tooth is removed. Once removed, the endodontist will clean out the cavity of the tooth, and the tooth is then sealed.
The primary purpose of the nerve itself is to provide the sensation of heat or cold. Since the nerve of the tooth is not needed once the tooth has emerged through gum tissue, having it removed will not affect the tooth’s day to day function. And if the nerve and pulp become infected due to damage, the ensuing bacteria can result in an abscessed tooth.
If the dentist does not perform a root canal when needed, an abscess or infection at the root of the tooth can result in facial swelling, bone loss near the tip of the root, and eventual loss of one or more teeth.
What causes damage to a tooth’s nerve and pulp? Irritation, inflammation or infection as a result of decay, repeated dental procedures to a tooth, a crack or chip in a tooth or a trauma to the face can lead to needing a root canal.
There are no definitive or specific symptoms that identify the need for a root canal, but a severe toothache, prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold, tooth discoloration, swelling or gum tenderness, or persistent or recurring pimples on the gums are possible indicators that you might need a root canal.
Any or all of these conditions should encourage you to visit our office for needed treatment and relief, and to try to save your natural teeth for as long as you can.
Call our office today where our caring team is ready to serve you and answer any questions.