Endodontics is the branch of dentistry that focuses on treating conditions that affect the pulp and tissue structures surrounding tooth roots. Yep, they’re the dentists who perform the dreaded root canal. Dr. Cory Roach, at RR Dentistry in Georgetown, Texas, wants you to know, however, that root canals aren’t painful. He offers state-of-the-art endodontic care that relieves your pain and saves your tooth, even those once destined for extraction. Schedule a visit today by calling the office or requesting an appointment online.
The innermost layer of a tooth is a soft tissue structure called the pulp. It contains the blood vessels and nerves that help the hard tooth layers develop. Running from the crown (top) of the tooth to the root tips, the pulp is no longer necessary once a tooth has fully matured.
However, the pulp remains alive and is vulnerable to infection and inflammation, possibly due to decay, a crack in the tooth, previous fillings, or other dental procedures. This can cause significant, throbbing toothache pain as the infection and inflammation irritate sensitive nerves.
An abscess can also form, which increases your risk of developing a spreading infection. A root canal is necessary to remove the infection, save the tooth, and eliminate your pain.
What symptoms indicate I need endodontic treatment?
Symptoms that may indicate you need a root canal include:
You may also develop a pimple-like bump or abscess on the gums near the affected tooth.
After numbing the area with a local anesthetic, Dr. Roach accesses the dental pulp with a small hole through the tooth's crown if it’s a molar and through the rear on front teeth. He then removes the pulp and other infected or inflamed material from the pulp chamber and root canals.
Once he’s disinfected the now-empty pulp chamber and root canals, Dr. Roach fills the space with a rubbery, bio-friendly material to seal it. He typically places a temporary filling to close the access hole in the tooth at this point.
Dr. Roach also schedules a visit for permanent crown placement, usually within several days of the root canal. The crown protects the tooth and restores it to full function.
Because the procedure takes place inside your tooth, there are no stitches to worry about after root canal treatment.
The treated tooth may remain slightly sensitive until Dr. Roach places the permanent crown, but there shouldn’t be any significant discomfort afterward.
For more information about endodontic treatment, schedule an evaluation at RR Dentistry today. Call or request an appointment online.