If you have any of the following symptoms, Dr. Holbrook may recommend a root canal:
- Severe toothache
- Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Darkening of a tooth
- Swelling and pain in the gums
- A pimple in the gums that will not go away
Root canal therapy is needed when a tooth’s pulp becomes diseased or damaged. Dental pulp is the soft area in the center of a tooth where the veins, nerves, and connective tissues are located. Root canal therapy is the process by which our dentist removes the damaged dental pulp from a tooth using a laser.
If left untreated, diseased dental pulp causes bacteria to multiply in the pulp chamber. This can lead to infection or an abscessed tooth, a tooth with a pus-filled pocket at the end of the roots. An infected root canal can also cause swelling that can spread to the face, neck, or head. Bone loss around the tooth roots may also occur. Untreated infected dental pulp can cause drainage problems from the tooth root. A hole can form through the side of the tooth and drainage can go into the gums or into the skin.
We welcome you to contact Randall Dental Associates in Lewisville today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.