Deep decay, trauma to the teeth, and damage such as chips and cracks can all lead to inflammation or infection of the tooth's pulp, which consists of connective tissue and nerves. If left untreated, this condition can result in painful abscesses, as well as the death of the tooth. To help you preserve your teeth and restore excellent oral health, Dr. Rupal Davé performs endodontics, more commonly known as root canal therapy. Using special tools, she can remove the tooth's pulp, even reaching into the narrow and intricate tooth roots, if necessary. This leaves a healthy outer structure that can be reinforced with a filling, leaving you with either a functional tooth or a healthy foundation for a restoration such as a dental crown. To learn more about how root canal therapy performed at our Keller office can help you, please contact us today.
Do I Need a Root Canal?
If you have a broken tooth, experience pain in one or more teeth when you bite, experience pronounced sensitivity to hot and cold, notice swelling near the tooth, or notice discoloration of a tooth, you may be in need of endodontics. The surest way to determine the right treatment for your teeth is to schedule an appointment at our Keller office as soon as possible.
The Root Canal Procedure
To determine whether you need root canal therapy, your dentist will take x-rays and perform other tests to detect symptoms of inflammation or infection. The procedure begins with a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort during treatment. The dentist will create a hole in the top or side of the tooth to access the pulp chamber. Using advanced endoscopic tools, the dentist will proceed to remove the pulp from the tooth's center, as well as from the roots. The dentist may use special microscopic tools to ensure that the roots are clear of pulp. Next, an antiseptic will ensure that the newly empty pulp chamber is clean. Next, a rubber-like material is used to fill the tooth before it is sealed. In most cases, the remaining tooth structure will need to be covered by a crown.
Since the pulp is the only part of the tooth that responds to temperature, you will no longer experience sensitivity to hot or cold following root canal treatment. Nerves and tissues around the tooth will allow you to detect pressure and touch.
Learn More about Root Canal Therapy
At Dentistry for Life, we believe in providing careful, comprehensive care to our patients so they can enjoy the very best oral health. Depending upon which teeth need treatment, root canal therapy can be a complex procedure. Molars, for example, have four roots, while the top front teeth have a single root. We use the safest and most accurate dental technology to ensure the best possible results for you. If you are experiencing tooth pain, please contact our Keller office today. Dr. Rupal Davé can recommend and provide precisely the care you need to begin enjoying outstanding oral health for many years to come.