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Root Canal Therapy

Inside the heart of each tooth of the mouth there is tissue, called pulp, made of blood vesseles and nerves. The pulp is contained in the pulp chamber of the tooth and extends from the middle of the tooth down through the roots. If the pulp becomes infected, compromised, or dies, root canal therapy may be a viable option to save the tooth.


Symptoms of Infection

Some common signs can occur if the pulp of a tooth becomes infected. They include:

  • the tooth becomes sensitive to hot or cold
  • the tooth hurts when biting or applying pressure
  • there is throbbing, or severe tooth pain
  • the area around the tooth becomes swollen
  • you experience a bad taste or odor in your mouth
 

Common Causes of Infection

The pulp of a tooth can become infected when bacteria gain access to the inner layers of the tooth, through decay, damage to the tooth, or other means. Because the pulp is supplied by blood vessels, it can provide a perfect environment for bacteria to thrive. 

 

Diagnosis and Treatment

To determine if a tooth has become infected, a thorough examination is done by our licensed dentists. The exam will include x-rays and propping the tooth with a "pulp tester." The dentist will also check for sensitivity to hot or cold along with any pain occurring in the tooth.

If it is determined that the tooth is infected, different options for treating the infected tooth will be presented, one of which may be root canal therapy. It is very important to seek treatment not suffer with an infected tooth. The infection can quickly spread down the roots and into the jaw bone, causing a painful abscess. The infection can also spread to the surrounding teeth which may become compromised. Check out the videos below for more general overview and an in-depth look at the procedure involved in root canal therapy.
 


Think You Need a Root Canal?

Endodontic, aka Root Canal, services are provided in house to help patients with the high cost of these procedures. Patients will see a General Dentist who, if root canal therapy is recommended, will refer to our in house specials.