Endodontic (Root Canal) Treatment
Root canal treatment (endodontic treatment) describes treating the interior tissues, or pulp, of an infected or damaged tooth. When the pulp is infected and inflamed, the tooth’s nerves can generate an intense level of discomfort, and the infection and inflammation can spread if not treated. After carefully removing the compromised pulp tissues, Dr. Nadella will seal the pulp and the root canal connected to it to restore the tooth’s health and integrity.
When is Root Canal Treatment Called For?
Root canal treatment is typically recommended when tooth decay reaches the pulp chamber at the center of the tooth. It may also be necessary if a tooth suffers severe enough damage to expose the pulp to infectious oral bacteria. After the procedure, you might also receive a dental crown to further protect the tooth and restore its full function.
The need for root canal treatment may be avoided if you treat tooth decay (i.e., a cavity) while it is still confined to the tooth’s main structure, dentin. A tooth filling can replace the infected dentin after the cavity has been cleaned and sanitized, stopping the decay before it reaches the pulp.
For damaged teeth, root canal therapy may prove more of a preventive measure than a restorative one. Removing exposed pulp tissues, even if they are not yet infected, will remove the risk of your cracked, fractured, or broken tooth becoming internally infected, which could lead to the need for tooth extraction in extreme cases.
For children who experience infected pulp tissues in their primary teeth, Dr. Nadella may recommend a pulpotomy, which involves removing and sealing an inflamed pulp chamber, but is not as extensive as root canal treatment. A pulpotomy removes internal infection from a primary tooth without compromising the growth and development of the permanent tooth underneath it.
Find Out if You Need Root Canal Treatment
If your tooth is in serious trouble, then root canal treatment may be able to save it. To learn more, call Columbia Dental & Orthodontics in East Dallas, TX today at (214) 827-8000. We proudly serve patients from around the DFW area, including Dallas, Mesquite, Oak Cliff, Garland, and all surrounding communities.