Learn more about root canals and how they can preserve your oral health.
You came into our Plantation, FL, office for a regular dental checkup, just to find out from Dr. Annette Middelhof that you need a root canal. At this point, you're probably wondering both why you need this procedure and what it can do for your smile. Well, simply read on to learn everything you need to know about getting a root canal from us here at Enchanting Dentistry!
Why is a root canal performed?
In order to understand why this endodontic procedure is performed, it’s important to first understand a little bit about the anatomy of a tooth. Underneath the hard enamel and dentin layers of a tooth lies a soft mass known as the dental pulp. This pulp is made up of tissue, blood vessels, and nerves, which is why people generally experience a great deal of pain when it becomes inflamed or infected.
Once the pulp is infected the only option is for our Plantation, FL, general dentist to remove the soft-tissue mass. Luckily, you won’t need the pulp in order to maintain a healthy, viable tooth.
What can infect or inflame the dental pulp?
The pulp is hidden deep inside the tooth, so how can this little structure even be affected by the outside world? Common causes of an infected dental pulp include,
- Deep decay
- Traumatic injury or damage to the tooth (e.g. cracks, chips, fractures, etc.)
Teeth that have weakened over time due to undergoing repeated dental procedures or having a large filling that can no longer fully support the tooth are also at risk for developing an infection that could harm the pulp.
How do I know that I have an infected dental pulp?
While there are some people who may need root canal therapy but never experience any symptoms, it’s common for patients to come in complaining of a toothache. Even though the rest of the tooth does not contain nerves, the pulp does. So when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected, a toothache is usually a telltale sign that something is wrong.
Along with a toothache, you may also notice,
- Sudden and prolonged tooth sensitivity
- Pain that gets worse when chewing, biting, or putting pressure on the tooth
- Darkening of the tooth
- Swollen and red gums surrounding the tooth
- A small pimple-like growth that develops on the gums near the tooth (this is known as an abscess)
Need dental care? Give us a call!
Do you still have questions about root canal therapy? Are you dealing with a toothache or other dental problems that require urgent care? No matter what’s going on, you can always turn to the dental experts at Enchanting Dentistry in Plantation, FL, for treatment. Call us today at 954-DENTIST (954-336-8478).