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What Is a Root Canal?

Posted on 3/1/2024 by Weo Admin
Photo of root canal ar Sola Smile Co. in Austin, TXDentists perform root canal treatment to save damaged or infected teeth, eliminating the need for extraction. The process includes extracting the pulp and soft tissue within the tooth and cleaning, disinfecting, and sealing the remaining area. This procedure is crucial in preserving the natural structure of the tooth while eliminating pain and discomfort associated with dental issues.

Reasons For a Root Canal

Deep Decay

When tooth decay progresses beyond the enamel and reaches the inner pulp, it can lead to severe pain and inflammation. A root canal becomes essential to remove the infected pulp and save the tooth from further damage.

Cracked Tooth

Whether due to an injury or long-term wear, a cracked tooth can expose the pulp, making it susceptible to infection. Root canal treatment addresses this issue by removing the damaged pulp and sealing the tooth.

A Tooth Undergoing Several Repeated Procedures

Every time a tooth receives treatment, it becomes increasingly fragile. Chronic pulpitis can occur when bacteria enter the pulp, and the infection can eventually lead to the death of the pulp.

Swollen Gums

Severe gum disease is not just bad for your gums; it can also threaten the health of your teeth. When gum disease progresses, it can damage the tissues surrounding the root of your tooth, creating a pathway for bacteria to infiltrate the vulnerable pulp. A root canal can intervene, removing the infection and preventing further damage to your tooth and gums.

Tooth Discoloration

If the pulp of a tooth becomes infected, it can cause discoloration of the tooth. This happens because the internal tissue breaks down and damages the roots, leading to a grayish-black appearance. Dentists may recommend a root canal if decay causes a lack of blood supply, leading to the death of tooth pulp.

If you are experiencing tooth pain, sensitivity, or other symptoms that might indicate an infected pulp, consult our dentist. Early diagnosis and treatment through a root canal can save your tooth from further complications and allow you to enjoy a healthy, pain-free smile.

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