Root Canals

Root Canals

A root canal treatment is a procedure performed as a way to save a dying tooth. When the soft inside of a tooth gets infected, the nerves and pulp cannot perform their normal task of bringing nutrients to the tooth. An infected center of a tooth can spell disaster for a tooth and must be removed to stave off the infection and keep the tooth viable.

Reasons for Root Canal Treatment

Warning signs that you may have an infected root that requires a root canal treatment:

  • Swollen and tender gums
  • A bump or several bumps in the gums near the affected tooth
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Tooth pain – could be mild, severe or just show itself while a person is biting down
  • Fractures or chips in a tooth that have been left untreated
  • Newfound sensitivity to hot and/or cold food and/or beverages

When endodontist treatments, the technical term for dental root canals, are performed, the interior of the tooth is completely cleaned out and sanitized. The bacteria are removed, and the roots of the tooth are sealed and filled in, in hopes of preventing further issues. A crown is generally placed on top of the tooth with the root canal, and this helps the tooth regains its strength and allows the patient to use it like normal.

Early Prevention

To prevent the need to have a root canal, follow a recommended oral hygiene routine. In addition, bring any small issues to your dentists’ attention since filling a small cavity early or using bonding to prevent a crack from spreading could also prevent worse issues from happening.

Losing a tooth is never ideal, but the team at Katy Smiles Center in Katy, TX is here to help you save that tooth from being extracted with a root canal treatment! Give us a call to set up a consultation.