The purpose of root canal therapy is to remove bacteria from inside the tooth in an area known as the root canal. Leaving the infection untreated can cause significant pain and potential tooth loss. The infection could also spread to other teeth or parts of the body.
People sometimes avoid undergoing root canal therapy because they have heard it can be painful. This only makes the situation worse. If you are hesitant to proceed, keep in mind that dental technology has advanced significantly and that this procedure causes no more discomfort than most other dental procedures.
How Does Tooth Pulp Become Infected?
The inside of each of your teeth contains a hard substance called dentin and soft tissue called pulp. The tissue within your tooth pulp contains connective tissues, blood vessels, and nerves, all of which provide essential nourishment to the root of your tooth. Bacteria can get into the pulp for a variety of reasons, and you may develop one or more of these symptoms:
Biting or chewing causes severe pain
Crack or chip in the affected tooth
Extensive tooth decay
Sensitivity to hot or cold food or beverages that persists long after you have consumed them
Tender or swollen gums
What to Expect during Your Root Canal in Union, Kentucky
Dr. Wright, Dr. Massie, or Dr. Lincoln will provide you with an anesthetic and ensure you are comfortable. Your dentist then removes the infected pulp, cleans out the inside of your tooth, and places a dental cap on top of it to prevent further infection. Feel free to contact us with additional questions or to request a root canal consultation today.