Root Canal Treatment

If you suffer from severely decayed or damaged teeth, you may be a good candidate for root canal treatment. If you are experiencing persistent pain, decay may have reached the underlying tooth root canal. When other solutions have failed to alleviate the pain, a root canal dentist may be needed to remove the infected area from the tooth pulp.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal treatment is an endodontic procedure used to save a severely decayed or damaged tooth with an infection that has traveled to the inner pulp. The tooth root houses the pulp where blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerves are contained in the soft tissue.

During root canal therapy, your McAllen endodontist will remove the infected tooth pulp. Once the damaged tissue has been extracted, our root canal dentist will clean, disinfect and shape the treatment area. Lastly, the tooth root canal will be filled and sealed. A dental crown is often recommended after root canal treatment to restore the tooth function and add protection against further damage or tooth loss.

When is Root Canal Therapy Needed?

Our endodontist may suggest root canal treatment if your tooth pulp has become inflamed or infected. This condition may result from severe tooth decay, repeated dental treatments, and damage to the tooth, such as chips or cracks. In some situations, there is no damage to the outer tooth structure, only the inner soft tissue.

Left untreated, infected soft tissue can lead to severe pain, the spread of infection, and tooth loss. Common signs that you may need to visit a root canal dentist include:

  • Hot and cold teeth sensitivity
  • Tender lymph nodes
  • Tooth pain
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Inflammation and/or swelling
  • Infection

If you suffer from any of the above-listed symptoms and think you may need root canal treatment, call our dental clinic immediately.

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