Is something amiss in your mouth? A severe toothache has arisen and your tooth has sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. A tooth may be discolored, or you may have swelling and tenderness in the gums. Maybe you’ve noticed a pimple on the gums that won’t go away. If you have any of these symptoms, root canal therapy may be needed. Be aware that sometimes no symptoms are present.
Why is a Root Canal Needed?
If a tooth experiences trauma, extensive decay, or multiple procedures, the tooth’s pulp can become infected. The pulp is the area in the center of a tooth where the nerves, veins, and connective tissues are located. When the pulp becomes damaged, bacteria forms and multiplies in the pulp chamber. An abscess, which is a pus-filled pocket, can form on the root of the tooth. If this is not corrected, swelling may occur in the face, neck, or head. Infection in the root canal can also cause bone loss in the tooth root.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
During root canal treatment, Dr. Natanael Repta will use special instruments to remove the infected dental pulp from the inside of the tooth’s roots. The tooth’s roots are then cleaned and sealed. In many instances, a dental crown will be placed to protect a tooth that has had a root canal performed on it. Root canal therapy can save the tooth and alleviate any pain that the infected dental pulp caused.
Feel free to contact Smiles Dental today for more information about how a root canal in Riddle, Oregon, can help your smile and to schedule an appointment with our dentist.