What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a passageway in the connective tissue at the core of the tooth. Nerves travel along these canals and into your tooth’s pulp chamber. When these canals become infected, the nerves are stimulated, and the result can be unbearable pain.
Root Canal therapy alleviates the pain by going into the tooth core and cleansing the pulp chamber of infected tissue. The hole in the tooth is then filled with a bone-colored composite and made to look as if no procedure was ever performed.
The infected tooth is saved from needing to be extracted, and the surrounding teeth are protected from the spread of infection.
Symptoms of an Infected Root Canal
If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may be dealing with an infected root canal:
- Severe tooth pain.
- Darkening or discoloration of the tooth.
- Pain when chewing or biting.
- Increased tooth sensitivity to various temperatures.
Any sort of tooth pain should be addressed as soon as possible to prevent the possible spread of infection. Do not hesitate to call or visit our office if you think you may have an infected tooth.
Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy has many benefits, including:
- The alleviation of severe pain.
- Safety for the adjacent teeth.
- Improved overall hygiene through the elimination of dangerous bacteria.
- Tooth preservation and a longer-lasting natural smile.
For patients who experience high levels of anxiety at the prospect of dental procedures, sedation dentistry is available to make the whole experience more comfortable.
Root Canal Treatment at Coulon Dental in Midland, TX
Often, toothaches are symptomatic of a larger, more serious problem. Our root canal therapy is safe, effective, and highly beneficial. If you are experiencing tooth pain of any kind, call our office to relieve your symptoms and improve your oral health.