Do you suffer from painful decayed or damaged teeth? Looking for a way to relieve the pain for good? You can with a root canal treatment at Northwest Austin Family Dentistry in Austin, TX near Round Rock and Cedar Park, TX! When other treatment options have failed to dull the pain, a root canal may be necessary to remove the infection and inflammation in the pulp of your tooth.
What are Root Canals?
A root canal, also referred to as an “endodontic treatment,” is a type of dental treatment often used to save a severely damaged or decayed tooth that has resulted in an infected tooth root/pulp. The pulp of your tooth is a soft tissue which contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue.
During a root canal procedure, your Austin endodontist will carefully remove the infected, damaged and inflamed tooth pulp. Once the problematic tissue has been removed, we will clean and shape the root canal and then it will be filled and sealed. We often recommend dental crowns after root canal treatment to help restore the function of your teeth and protect it from further damage or loss of the tooth.
Why Would I Need a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy may become necessary if the soft tissue inside your tooth, called the pulp becomes inflamed and/or infected. This can be caused by severe dental decay, repeated treatments, and cracks, chips or other damage. Certain oral damage may not even damage the outside of the tooth, only affecting the root.
Neglecting to treat a tooth pulp that has become infected/inflamed could result in pain, infection and ultimately even the loss of your tooth. Wondering if you may need a root canal? Here are the signs/symptoms to look out for:
- Sensitivity to Hot/Cold
- Tender Lymph Nodes
- Tender Tooth
- Discolored Tooth
If you experience any of the above symptoms or think that you may need a root canal, contact our Austin dental office today! We’d be happy to schedule an appointment and evaluate your oral health to determine if a root canal might benefit you.