Root Canal Therapy Cypress TX
One of the most misunderstood treatments in general dentistry is root canal therapy (RCT) due to lack of information. In fact, this treatment can save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted. Root canal therapy involves removing damaged nerve tissue in the root of the tooth, cleaning the area and sealing it off.
Decay begins on the surface of the tooth. When it eats through the tooth enamel it then attacks the next layer called the dentin. This inner part of the tooth is softer and decay can spread more rapidly. Some people may experience a little discomfort at this point; however, it usually is not until the nerve center of the tooth or pulp becomes involved that true discomfort begins.
As the decay begins to attack the pulp, the nerves get irritated then damaged. Swelling begins as infection builds up in the root where the pulp resides. Soon an abscess forms at the bottom of the root. At this point the nerve is beginning to die and the pain can become intolerable. When this is the situation, the choices are either extraction or possibly root canal therapy if the decay has not badly damaged the structure of the tooth.
Root Canals Offer Pain Relief for Infected Teeth!
People associate severe pain with RCT, when actually the pain is from the infection. Advances in dental technology have made RCT even more effective and easier to tolerate than in the past. Once the damaged nerves are removed from the tooth, the canal is filled with a special filling material which ensures that no bacteria can reenter the space. The canal is then sealed off and the remainder of the tooth is filled with an appropriate filling material. Sometimes a crown is suggested to further strengthen a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy.
If you have an infected tooth, contact us today for an appointment to be seen as soon as possible. RCT will eliminate the discomfort you feel and can save your tooth. As all other procedures at Smile Avenue Family Dentistry, you can expect gentle, compassionate care during root canal therapy.