For many patients the very words “root canal” can feel overwhelming. However, improved technology and instrumentation has allowed Dr. Robert D. Maxey and Dr. Cecil F. George, Jr. to perform this procedure in less time and with less consternation than ever before.
A root canal is a procedure, one of the dental services in Grand Prairie we offer, is where the nerve and pulp located in the canals of the tooth’s root must be removed due to infection or damage to the nerve. The root canal procedure is performed when the tooth itself is still healthy enough to be salvaged.
The nerve can be impacted by a broken tooth, a tooth that has been subjected to several dental procedures or infection. The process of removing the nerve allows our dentists in Grand Prairie TX to save the tooth. And the nerve serves no purpose but to detect hot or cold once the tooth has erupted through gum tissue so its removal is not detrimental to the tooth.
A root canal is a procedure where the nerve and pulp located in the canals of the tooth’s root must be removed due to infection or damage to the nerve.
When conditions deteriorate to the point that a root canal is recommended, the only other option to a root canal from The Dental Place in Grand Prairie, TX is to have the tooth removed. If left untreated, an abscess can develop which is a pocket of infection and puss that form around the nerve and base of the root of the affected tooth. Failure to adequately treat an abscess can result in infection spreading to other parts of the body.
Simply clearing up the infection will not repair the nerve once the damage is done. But after the nerve and pulp are removed and the canals are treated and sealed, the underlying problem should be corrected.
Symptoms that a root canal might be needed include sensitivity to hot or cold, swelling, discomfort when chewing, discoloring of the tooth or a sore that resembles a pimple that will not go away or is recurring frequently. You might not have any of these symptoms, but if a large filling or tooth suffers a trauma, a root canal might be needed to retain the tooth.
Although no one would actually want to have a root canal, the alternative of losing the tooth and having to undergo the process of a dental implant, bridge, or any type of prosthetic is both time-consuming and quite costly when compared to a root canal.
If you are in need of a root canal, don’t hesitate to contact The Dental Place in Grand Prairie, TX because delay will not resolve your issue and could result in more serious problems.