Root Canals

Root canals are necessary when the pulp tissue inside of the tooth becomes infected or inflamed. Because the pulp consists of nerve cells, the infection can cause intense pain. While you may be able to temporarily relieve the pain, a root canal is still necessary to treat the infection.

Root Canals – Canton, MS

Root canals are necessary when the pulp tissue inside of the tooth becomes infected or inflamed. Because the pulp consists of nerve cells, the infection can cause intense pain – particularly when eating or drinking things that are excessively hot (coffee) or cold (ice cream). While you may be able to temporarily relieve the pain, a root canal is still necessary to treat the infection.

What Causes Infected Pulp Tissue?

While nobody relishes the idea of getting a filling, an untreated cavity is one possible cause of an infected root. The bacteria that forms in the cavity can work their way down into the center of the tooth and infect the tissue. Another way for bacteria to come in contact with the root is through a chipped or cracked tooth. Even a childhood accident can leave microscopic openings in the surface of a tooth, leaving it vulnerable to decay in the adult years.

What to Expect During a Root Canal

Despite what you may have heard, root canals are effective and cause no greater discomfort than having a tooth filled. The process beings with an anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding area. Next, a small opening is made in the surface of the tooth to give your dentist access to the infected area. The infected pulp is removed, then the empty canals are cleaned, disinfected, and filled. Finally, the opening is sealed with cement to prevent future infection. Any sensitivity you feel after treatment should be temporary can can be relieved by taking over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen.

It’s important to address an infected tooth pulp right away to avoid tooth loss. If you experience tooth pain, contact Dental Solutions of Mississippi to inquire about treatment.