ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
Root canal treatment is also known as endodontic therapy. This treatment is performed when the innermost portion of a tooth, known as the pulp, becomes infected. The pulp is very soft and contains connective tissue and nerves which supply nutrients to the tooth during its development. When the pulp is damaged, the tooth and the gum around it becomes painful. Left untreated, the infection will progress to cause nerve death and tooth loss.
Some of the symptoms of a root canal infection are:
- Severe toothache pain when chewing
- Prolonged sensitivity and/or pain to hot or cold temperatures
- Discoloration (darkening) of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in nearby gums
- A persistent or recurring abscess in the gums
Timely administration of root canal therapy can help save the tooth from extraction. A root canal procedure involves removing the affected portion of the pulp. This is done by creating a small access hole in the top of the tooth. The procedure is performed under the effects of a local anesthetic. Once the infected pulp portion has been removed, we clean the tooth and disinfect it. The tooth is sealed with a dental sealing material to prevent further exposure of the pulp to bacteria or plaque. Since the tooth is weakened, we may place a dental crown over it to protect it strengthen it. After the treatment is over, you may feel some sensitivity in the treated tooth for a few days.
If you are experiencing any signs of a pulp infection, do not delay your appointment at the office of Magnolia Green Dental Care Dental Care. Visit us now and save your tooth from infection and extraction. For more information, please give us a call at (941) 240-2750. Our practice is located at 6975 Professional Pkwy. E., Suite B, Sarasota, FL 34240.
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