In the past, teeth with diseased nerves had to be removed from the mouth. However, through root canal therapy, most of the diseased tooth can be salvaged. In most cases, the root canal procedure is a simple treatment that involves little to no patient discomfort.
Signs that you may need a root canal include:
- Severe toothache pain when chewing or applying pressure
- Sensitivity or pain to hot or cold temperatures
- Discoloration of a tooth
- A swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
Within the walls of each tooth, a strand of dental pulp – the substance that supplies the tooth with nerves, nutrients, connective tissue, and blood vessels – laces downward into the root. If the dental pulp becomes diseased, the pulp dies, cutting off the nutrients and nerve signals the tooth needs to be healthy. Without proper treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.
A root canal in Royersford, Pennsylvania, allows your experienced dentists to remove the pulp, clean the canal, and seal the tooth, effectively protecting and saving the tooth. After an opening is created through the crown of the tooth into the dental pulp chamber, the pulp is removed. The canal is cleaned out, and the pulp chamber is permanently filled. The dentist will proceed by putting in a temporary filling. Afterwards, the temporary filling will be replaced with a permanent filling or a crown, depending on the location of the tooth within the mouth.
To learn more about the reasons for and benefits of root canal treatment, please contact us at Transcend Dental today. Dr. Sajid, and Dr. Pulaski are committed to improving your dental health!