Root Canal Therapy Can Restore an Infected Tooth’s Health and Function
Dentist in Irving, TX
Also referred to as endodontic therapy, root canal therapy is a dental procedure that can save a badly damaged or infected tooth instead of having to extract it. Dr. J. Joshua Lee and Dr. John Lee know that it is better to preserve a natural tooth whenever possible. Saving the tooth helps preserve jaw bone integrity, as well as the need for more extensive dental work. With a root canal therapy at their dental practice in Irving, TX, your tooth will be cleared of the infected tissue and sterilized. Then it will be filled with a substitute material and stabilized with a dental crown, sealing it off from future microbial invasion. With our gentle techniques and modern dental methods, you can be assured that your root canal treatment will proceed comfortably and efficiently.
“With our gentle techniques and modern dental methods, you can be assured that your root canal treatment will proceed comfortably and efficiently.”
Why Root Canal Therapy Can Be Necessary
Inside each tooth, beneath the enamel and dentin, is a soft tissue called dental pulp. Made up of living connective tissues and cells, it helps to grow the tooth while it is being developed. After that, the tooth can survive without the pulp because it draws its nourishment from surrounding tissues. The dental pulp can become infected or inflamed when the tooth experiences severe tooth decay or trauma, which causes a microbial invasion of the root canal. This can occur for a several different reasons, such as a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, trauma to the tooth, or repeated dental procedures.
Because there are nerve tissues, blood vessels, and cellular structures within the tooth and its roots, the patient usually experiences significant pain and discomfort when the pulp becomes infected. However, some patients may experience different symptoms, or no symptoms at all. If you are experiencing tooth pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat and cold, swelling around a tooth, discoloration, or tenderness in the area, you may have a tooth infection. If you do not get effective treatment, the infection can develop into an abscess. Root canal therapy clears the tooth of infection and strengthens it to restore its health and function.
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