Root Canal Treatment – Garland, TX
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When the inner portion of a tooth becomes damaged from infection or decay, root canal treatment is often used as a way of saving the tooth from extraction. A root canal procedure involves accessing the inner area of a tooth and removing any infected living material that is present. To restore the tooth’s structure, its damaged inner pulp will be replaced with medicated fillings. With this process, a tooth will be able to retain its original structure, while also having its function and appearance recovered.
A root canal infection occurs when a tooth’s inner pulp becomes damaged from decay or when the inside of a tooth or its root tip develops a bacterial infection. There are many symptoms of a root canal infection, including:
- Severe toothache
- Sensitivity to temperature
- Swollen and tender gums
- Abscess on the gums
The first step when conducting root canal treatment is to treat the tooth and the immediate area that surrounds it with a local anesthetic. Once the tooth is numb, a rubber sheet is placed around the tooth as a way of preventing the infection from spreading. This also helps to keep the tooth dry as the procedure takes place. After everything has been set up, the dentist will access the inner part of the tooth and remove any infected pulp, damaged nerve tissue and noticeable decay.
The tooth will then be thoroughly cleaned and sealed off using a dental filling. In order to prevent fractures from occurring, a temporary crown will be applied over the surface of the tooth. The patient will be asked to return at a future time for a follow-up visit so that a permanent restoration can be applied.
If you would like to receive more information about root canal treatment, please call us at (469) 277-2627 to schedule an appointment.
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