Why Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?

root canal dentist arlingtonRoot canal therapy is an important tool to treat severely damaged teeth. In some cases, this procedure allows patients to keep a tooth that would otherwise have to be extracted. After treatment, the tooth can be used normally, and will continue to serve you well for many years.

Why Root Canal Therapy?

The root canal is a part of your tooth, though most people use the term to refer to the procedure that helps save a severely damaged or decayed tooth. It is an open space inside the tooth, where the pulp and nerve tissue are housed. These tissues transmit sensation from the tooth, enabling you to feel heat, cold, and pressure. When this part of the tooth is damaged, infected, or is involved in extensive decay, the result can be extreme discomfort.

The nerve of your tooth enters the tooth through a hole in the root. Infection in the root canal can spread through this hole, affecting surrounding teeth, the jawbone, facial bones, sinuses, and can even move into the brain in severe cases. Root canal therapy removes the infected tissue and prevents further damage caused by the infection spreading.

How Root Canal Therapy Works

Root canal therapy is generally performed by an endodontist, a dentist who specializes in this type of work. A hole is drilled in the tooth, and our endodontist uses special tools to remove the infected tissue from the tooth’s interior through this hole. Once the infection has been cleared away, the interior of the tooth is thoroughly disinfected. Since the root canal is now empty, a special sterile resin is used to fill the empty space. The tooth will no longer be able to sense heat, cold, or pressure, but it will be free of infection.

After the treatment, your tooth will be prepared for a dental crown. This helps ensure the newly treated tooth can stand up to the everyday wear and tear from biting and chewing. You’ll see your dentist to have the crown placed. Once you receive your permanent crown, your tooth will function normally again.

Call our endodontist, Dr. Jill Peterson, and set up an appointment to see if you may need root canal therapy.