The soft material inside your teeth is known as the pulp, and it is protected by the hard enamel on the outside. When an infection reaches the pulp, it is a very serious issue for the overall health of the tooth. That is where root canal treatment comes in.
Root canal treatment, which is also referred to as endodontic therapy, involves removing any damaged pulp material that is present inside the tooth so that the structure can achieve a full recovery. Root canal treatment is relatively common with millions of people undergoing the procedure every year.
Some signs that root canal treatment may be needed include:
- Severe toothache
- Temperature sensitivities
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Abscesses on the gums
The first step when providing root canal treatment is to take digital X-rays of the injured tooth. Before starting the procedure, we will provide appropriate sedation for the patient. This will help ensure comfort while dental work is being completed. We will also place a dental dam around the tooth. This is a rubber sheet that keeps the tooth dry and prevents the infection from spreading during the procedure.
Root canal treatment starts by using dental equipment to access the inner portion of the tooth from the top. We then proceed to clean out any infected material and decay that is found. An antimicrobial liquid is then used to flush out the tooth’s root canals. Any harmful materials down to the root will be eliminated, and the entire structure will be cleaned out. Medicated dental fillings will then be used to provide structure and strength for the tooth. To finish, a dental crown will be applied. This will protect the treated tooth from future breakages and fractures.
If you require root canal treatment, then the experts at DFW Dental Service are ready to help. We’ll work to restore the health of your injured tooth so that you can get back to enjoying life. Please call us at (214) 960-2291 to schedule an appointment.