Does eating or speaking cause severe tooth pain? Are you worried that your tooth may be infected? You may need root canal therapy to alleviate the discomfort and return your health back to normal.
When Would I Need Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is required when a tooth’s pulp—the soft inside area of the tooth containing nerves, blood vessels, and connecting tissue—becomes infected and inflamed. The pulp lives in the root canals, the pathways connecting the tooth root to the rest of the body, which can increase the risk for developing systemic related issues when infected pulp goes untreated.
Infection may occur as a result of tooth decay, poor dental restorations, or damaged or fractured teeth.
Signs that may warrant root canal therapy include:
- Severe pain in the tooth
- Lingering sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Darkening of the tooth
- Tenderness and swelling around the affected area
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy involves removing infected pulp and nerves from inside the tooth and repairing its structure.
The procedure consist of numbing the affected area, making a small opening at the crown, and cleaning out the infected tooth pulp using dental tools dedicated to this treatment. Special cases may warrant time with a temporary filling to allow a thorough cleaning of the tooth. Once completely cleaned, the dentist fills the area with a high-quality dental compound used to seal the tooth, restore its anatomical structure, and protect it from further decay.
Does Removing the Tooth Pulp Affect My Health?
In short, no. While teeth lose sensitivity to temperatures as a result of a root canal, the purpose of the tooth’s pulp ends at that. The structure of the tooth, its function and its contribution to the overall esthetic of the smile, is what is most important.
When the nerves have been infected, it can cause greater harm than good to try to save them. Receiving root canal therapy can completely alleviate dental discomfort and help patients return to optimal dental health.
Find Out More
To find out more about how root canal therapy can alleviate pain and return dental functions, call or visit Albania Dental in New Haven and schedule a consultation with Dr. Maria Jimenez. Learn how modern dentistry can restore your quality of life today!