Tooth pain is more than an inconvenience: It affects your ability to eat, speak, and smile. At Atrium Modern Dental in Dallas, Texas, Quyen Hong, DDS, and the team perform root canal therapy to ease your tooth pain and allow you to keep your original tooth. For a thorough assessment of your symptoms and to find out if you need a root canal, call Atrium Modern Dental or book an appointment online today.
A root canal is a treatment that removes the inside layer of a tooth when there’s a problem. Each of your teeth consists of three layers: the enamel, the dentin, and the pulp. The enamel is the outermost hard part that you can see, the dentin is the durable middle layer, and the pulp is the soft inside tissue containing blood vessels and nerves. Like other tissues in your body, the pulp can become infected or inflamed and cause terrible pain.
The pain of your infection or inflammation will only worsen if you don’t get a root canal. Your tooth can survive without the pulp as long as it’s fully grown and reinforced in strength.
The need for a root canal can also arise from dental decay or breakage. In either case, the pulp becomes infected with bacteria or inflamed because of the trauma. Signs of tooth inflammation or infection include:
If you notice these differences, you should make an appointment at Atrium Modern Dental at your earliest convenience. If you need a root canal, getting it early could mean the difference between keeping and losing your tooth. In the meantime, you can relieve the swelling with an ice pack.
When you come to Atrium Modern Dental for a root canal, Dr. Hong gives you a CT scan to view your inner tooth and determine the extent of the inflammation or infection. The view she gets from the CT scan allows her to perform the procedure precisely while minimizing the chances of complications.
Dr. Hong performs root canals using microscopic endodontics. That means that she utilizes a microscope to magnify your tooth by up to 25 times, seeing the minute details, including tiny cracks and hidden canals within your tooth.
Dr. Hong drills a hole in the chewing surface of your tooth through which she can access the pulp. As she views your tooth through the microscope, Dr. Hong uses small specialized tools to remove infected and inflamed tissue while keeping the tooth’s structure intact and preserving areas of healthy tissue. Then, she fills the inner tooth with gutta-percha. She may also request that you get a custom crown attached at a second appointment for additional tooth reinforcement.
If you think you might need a root canal, call Atrium Modern Dental, or request an appointment online today.