Root Canal Treatment (Endodontic Therapy)

Root Canal Treatment (Endodontic Therapy)

Endodontic therapy, or as it is more commonly known: root canal therapy, is a treatment performed on the pulp at the center of a tooth. Root canals are done as a way to help save a tooth and try to prevent the need for extraction.

When damage happens to the enamel of the tooth, decay starts to burrow into the tooth and can get to the nerves and pulp at the center. When this happens, the pulp can become irritated, inflamed and infected. This prevents the rest of the tooth from getting the nutrients it needs and can lead to the tooth dying.

Root Canal Procedure

During a root canal, the top of the tooth is removed in order to allow your dentist to thoroughly clean the infected pulp from the center of the tooth. The roots are then sealed and filled in order to block out future infection-causing bacteria. A dental crown is then required to seal off the tooth and restore its natural appearance.

Symptoms of a Root Canal Infection

Warning signs that you may have a root canal infection:

  • Tender and swollen gums
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Tooth pain – can be mild, severe, or even just appear when biting down
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold food and beverages
  • Untreated fractures or chips in the tooth
  • A large bump or several smaller bumps

To prevent the need for a root canal, following a recommended oral hygiene routine is the best bet. In addition, bring small issues to your dentist’s attention. Filling a small cavity can stop the decay from spreading to the center of the tooth and causing infection.

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Dr. Keith Shankle

Dr. Keith Shankle, DDS of Dental Care of Muskogee is dedicated to providing complete dental care to his patients whether it's a routine...

Dr. Keith Shankle