Could your nagging tooth be a sign that root canal treatment is on the horizon?
Has our Tampa, FL, dentist, Dr. Dana Cuculici, recently told you that you need root canal treatment? If so, you may be wondering what happened to your teeth to require this procedure. Of course, before you start believing all the myths surrounding root canals, it’s a good idea that you get all the facts about your oral health.
What is root canal treatment?
A root canal treatment, also known as an endodontic procedure, requires us to go into the tooth to extract an infected or inflamed dental pulp. A dental pulp is large enough that it actually starts at the crown of the tooth and extends all the way to the roots. While the pulp is important for the tooth while it is still growing, once the tooth has matured the pulp is no longer crucial for the health of the tooth.
Why is this procedure performed and is it necessary?
An infected or inflamed pulp cannot remain within the tooth. If left untreated, the problem will continue to spread throughout the roots of the tooth and even into the bone and neighboring teeth. This is why it’s important that you visit our Tampa general dentist right away if you start to notice dental pain.
Since the pulp contains the nerves of the tooth, if it becomes infected or damaged in any way it will cause sensitivity and pain. You may notice pain when chewing or biting down or the pain may be severe and constant. Either way, this is something you shouldn’t ignore.
There are many scenarios that can affect the health of a dental pulp including:
- Deep decay
- An infection
- Traumatic injury
If you are dealing with dental pain, tooth sensitivity, gum swelling or tenderness, or if a pimple-like growth develops on the gums surrounding the affected tooth, then you need to seek medical attention right away. This kind of damage will continue to spread until the tooth is no longer viable and will need to be extracted. Choose to get a simple root canal treatment to save your tooth and prevent tooth loss.
Are you dealing with a toothache? If so, it’s important that you seek treatment right away. Call Carrollwood Dental Spa in Tampa, FL today to get an appointment right away. The sooner you treat your dental issues the better.