At Smiley Dental Forest Lane, our root canal treatment can help you experience relief for an ongoing toothache in Dallas, Texas. You may need a root canal if you are experiencing the following symptoms:
- A tooth that hurts when hot or cold food or drinks touch it and long after
- A persistent toothache that is increasingly painful
- Your tooth hurts when you bite down or chew food
Composition of a Tooth
The outer layer of a tooth is composed of strong tooth enamel. Beneath that lies a slightly softer material called dentin. Under the dentin you will find your tooth pulp, which consists of nerves, connective tissue and blood vessels providing nourishment to the tooth.
Your tooth requires nourishment from the pulp while it is growing. However, after a tooth has grown, it no longer requires the pulp as the tooth is nourished by the surrounding tissues. For this reason, the pulp can be removed from an infected tooth without harming your smile.
Root Canal Procedure
A root canal treatment involves the following: First, our dentist will remove the infected tooth pulp. Next, the affected area will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected to prepare for the placement of gutta-percha. This rubberlike material seals and protects the hole left behind after the pulp is cleaned out. Then, a dental filling material will be placed over the gutta-percha. Finally, if the area is too big, or if too much of the tooth required removal, a crown may be required instead of a filling.
Some may find it tempting to have a decayed tooth extracted rather than having a root canal but it is typically better to save a tooth than to replace it with an artificial one whenever possible. And you don’t want to leave a gap in your smile, as this allows the surrounding teeth to shift, resulting in a misaligned bite.
Dr. Raquel Wright, Dr. Leena Hoang and our Smiley Dental Forest Lane team want to make sure you have the best possible dental experience when you visit our practice in Dallas, Texas. We invite you to call us at 972.484.5400 if you have any concerns about your smile. You don’t have to let an ongoing toothache dampen your smile!