When is a Root Canal Necessary?

There are a number of reasons that might make it necessary for you to get a root canal, including:

  • Large or deep cavities
  • Broken fillings
  • Genetic causes

Deep cavities, broken fillings, and genetic problems can cause decay to get into the pulp of the tooth. When the pulp is infected or inflamed, it becomes painful and can lead to a number of other unpleasant symptoms.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, it is a good idea to call our dental clinic right away.

  • Severe, long-lasting toothaches
  • Sensitivity to cold or hot
  • Pimples on your gums
  • Tender, swollen gums
  • A darkening of your tooth

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a relatively simple procedure where the dentist will create a small hole in your tooth and then remove the accumulated bacteria, decay, and pulp from the inside of your tooth. By removing the pulp and decay, you will not have to worry about the pain getting worse or about the decay or disease spreading to other teeth.

After the inside of the tooth has been cleaned out, a filling will be used to close up the tooth. In some cases, the filling may only be temporary as a stop-gap against infection. Once the infection has cleared, our dentist will add a permanent filling.

One of the best parts about a root canal is how quickly you will notice a reduction in pain. If your root canal is permanently filled on the same day it was performed, you will be able to chew like normal within a very short period of time.

If you believe that you are suffering from a problem that may require a root canal, please call the Mesquite Dental & Implant Center today.

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The term “endodontics” comes from Greek origins: endo– meaning “inside,” and odont– meaning “tooth.” Together, you can see how endodontics means working inside the tooth, which we call a root canal in the United States.

Mesquite Dental & Implant Center offers endodontic services such as root canal procedures to help alleviate any pain and suffering you’re feeling in your mouth.

A root canal is a conservative procedure performed to save an internally infected tooth that would otherwise require extraction. Every tooth in your mouth is alive. Beneath the hard, outer shell of enamel and soft, underlying layer of dentin, a canal, or tunnel, houses the nerve that sustains a tooth’s life. A deep cavity or fracture can allow bacteria to infiltrate the canal. When this happens, the bacteria causes infection. Most commonly, intense pressure from the infection creates a sharp and unyielding toothache. To make the achy pain go away, Dr. George will recommend either a tooth extraction or a root canal.

If you elect to go the extraction route, you may also want to consider a dental implant to help fill the gap of the soon-to-be missing tooth.

However, if you’d prefer to keep your natural tooth for as long as possible, we recommend a root canal. If the tooth is too severely damaged, you may need to do an extraction no matter what.

To avoid extraction, if your tooth’s infection is found early enough, a root canal may be performed. One of the most feared dental procedures, today’s root canal treatment is actually performed more quickly and comfortably than ever before. Modern technology and micro-dentistry instruments allow for precision techniques and more successful results. Plus, Dr. George is a fully licensed and trained expert in sedation dentistry, which makes your experience that much more pleasant.

The procedure involves removing the infection and pulp from the tooth’s core, then filling the canal with a man-made substance. The tooth will no longer be alive, but it can remain in place beneath a protective crown.

Without treatment, an internal tooth infection can get into the bloodstream and lead to serious health complications.