Root Canal Therapy

The term “root canal” is used to describe the cavity that is located within the center of a tooth.

Root Canal Therapy

A Safe and Effective Way to Save Your Teeth!

Root canal therapy provides dental professionals with a safe and effective method of saving teeth. The term “root canal” is used to describe the cavity that is located within the center of a tooth.

Located within this region is a soft pulp chamber that contains nerves. In instances where this area becomes infected and/or irritated as a result of a cavity, decay, or any type of trauma, therapy must be pursued to avoid the complication of the development of an abscess.

Instead of removing a diseased or an injured pulp chamber, professionals are now able to utilize the root canal therapy to discover the underlying cause of the issue and treat to resolve. If no other option is available, the pulp may be removed and replaced with a rubber-like filler.

Common Symptoms Associated with a Root Canal Problem

There are several distinct symptoms that could indicate that there is a problem with the root canal of a tooth. These include:

  • Extreme or severe pain of a tooth
  • Immense sensitivity to heat and to cold
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Tenderness of the soft tissue surrounding a tooth
  • Pain in the gums
  • Inflammation of the soft tissue surrounding a tooth
  • A bump or boil that reoccurs on the gums

The Complications Associated with Dental Pulp Damage and/or Irritation

There are some complications that occur when the dental pulp becomes irritated and/or damaged. Since this is the area of the tooth that contains nerves, connective tissue, as well as blood vessels, it goes from the tooth down into the jaw bone, at the tip of the root.

While most areas that become injured or diseased in the body are able to successfully repair and heal themselves, the dental pulp does not have this capability. As a result of this, the pulp will die.

If left untreated, pus can build up within the jaw bone. This creates an abscess. When this happens, the bone surrounding the jaw region and the teeth can become damaged.

The Process

When root canal therapy is required, the procedure starts with numbing the area around the impacted tooth and sterilizing the region. The diseased and/or injured tissue is then removed.

If necessary, a rubber filler material is placed in the area where the old pulp was located. The area is closed off and the tooth is then reconstructed in such a way that a crown may then be placed. This will restore the appearance and functionality of the original impacted tooth.

Don’t Live In Pain Any Longer

If you are living in pain, why continue? By having root canal therapy performed, you may quickly overcome the pain and discomfort associated with dental pulp problems.

For more information on the procedure, or to schedule a consultation for root canal therapy, contact us here at American Dental at LaGrange for more information.


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