The pulp is the innermost, sensitive part of the tooth that houses nerves and tissues. The place that houses the pulp is known as the root canal. Endodontic treatment, or root canal therapy, is needed when a tooth is badly decayed or infected and the infection has reached the pulp of the tooth. A root canal infection is quite painful, and if it is not treated in time, it can lead to tooth loss, and in advanced cases may also affect the jaw bone.
Signs that you may need root canal treatment:
- Your tooth darkens in color
- You experience severe tooth pain when chewing
- Swelling and sensitivity in the gum tissue
- An abscess near the tooth
- Prolonged and heightened sensitivity to heat or cold
Some people believe that a root canal procedure is very painful. But in fact, the actual treatment is not as painful as the pain caused by the infection itself. We start the treatment by taking an X-Ray image of the infected tooth. This helps us to see the extent of the infection, the root structures, and to check for any signs of infection in the surrounding bone. Then, a local anesthetic is administered near the treatment area. Before the procedure, a rubber dam is placed to isolate the infected tooth. Once the tooth is dry, a hole is drilled into the tooth surface to access the pulp, and any decay and damaged nerves are removed. The area is then cleaned and disinfected before sealing it with an inert sealing material. Your tooth may need the protection of a crown post-endodontic therapy. A temporary crown can be placed over the tooth after treatment until the permanent one is prepared.
If you think you may be experiencing any symptoms of a root canal infection, it best not to delay coming to our office for a checkup. Call us at (636) 206-4656. We are located at 130 Hilltown Village Center, Chesterfield, MO 63017 .