Root Canal Treatment
A root canal treatment or endodontic therapy is a dental procedure that focuses on saving a tooth that has suffered an infection or inflammation.
Why do you need a root canal treatment?
You need a root canal treatment when the pulp of a tooth has been infected or inflamed. An infection can occur when there is a lack of good oral hygiene, which lets bacteria accumulate and cause decay. If the infection is not treated, it can lead to tooth loss as the tooth will die and the infection will continue to spread to the gum, adjacent teeth and even your jaw bone. A root canal can also be needed if a tooth has endured trauma from previous dental treatments, a cracked or fractured tooth, or a damaged crown, which leaves the pulp inflamed and in need of treatment to alleviate the pain.
What are the benefits of this treatment?
There are two main advantages of having a root canal treatment: eliminating the infection and alleviating your pain. A tooth infection can present different symptoms such as bleeding, swelling, pus, and sever pain. By removing the infected and inflamed pulp, your pain will diminish considerably and be gone in a few days after the procedure. Moreover, the source of infection – the pulp – is now gone and your tooth can be thoroughly cleaned and free of infection. It is crucial to seek medical attention immediately as infections can be very dangerous for your overall health.
If you want to know more about root canal treatments or fear you might have a tooth infection, give us a call at (916) 575-7536 or visit us at 8143 Long Point Rd., Houston, TX 77055 to schedule your appointment today! Our staff here at Smile Doctors is ready to answer your questions and help you with your tooth infections.