Root Canals

The term root canal is used to describe the natural cavity that’s located within the center of the tooth. The pulp is the soft area within the canal itself which contains the tooth’s nerve. The primary function of the tooth’s nerve is to provide the sensation of cold or hot. However, the absence or presence of the tooth’s nerve will not affect the overall health or function of the tooth. A root canal procedure is a treatment procedure that consist of the repairing of a tooth that has become decayed or infected as a result of a damaged pulp chamber. During a typical procedure, both the pulp chamber and nerve of the tooth are removed. Once this has occurred, the tooth is cleaned and sealed.

Why Does A Damaged Pulp Chamber Have To Be Removed?

Whenever a tooth’s pulp chamber or nerve tissue has been damaged, it subsequently breaks down and causes bacteria to accumulate within the pulp chamber. The decayed remnants of the damaged pulp or nerve tissue along with the accumulation of bacteria can cause an infection or what’s known as an abscessed tooth. The term abscess is used to describe a pus-filled pocket which forms at the extreme end portions of the roots of the affected tooth. However, abscesses typically occur once the infection has gained the opportunity to grow past the ends of the roots of the affected tooth. As such, situations that cause a significant amount of damage to the pulp chamber may require the need for a procedure, such as:

  • Deep Cavities – If tooth decay extends to the point where it reaches the pulp chamber, the pulp chamber may become infected with bacteria. Once this occurs it will die and become decayed tissue.
  • Fractures – If a tooth becomes fractured, it may need a root canal if the fracture actually extends deep into the tooth to the point where it reaches the pulp chamber.
  • Persistent Dental Procedures – Dental procedures can produce a significant amount of stress on a tooth. For example, in some scenarios repeated drilling may cause the pulp chamber of a particular tooth to become inflamed.

In the past, whenever one of these scenarios occurred to a specific tooth, the only viable treatment option that was available was to have it extracted. However, the emergence of root procedures essentially means that teeth that experience a damaged, inflamed or infected pulp chamber, do not need to be removed.

Benefits of Root Canal Treatment

As mentioned before, the root canal procedure eliminates the need for an extraction. or removal of the affected tooth. As such, one of the more evident benefits that this procedure has to offer is the fact that it can save the tooth. Additionally, due to the effects that having a tooth with a damaged/infected/inflamed pulp chamber causes, some of the benefits that a root canal has to offer is the alleviation of the symptoms of experiencing said issue. For example, having a tooth with a damaged pulp or nerve can prove to be extremely excruciating to the point where the individual may not be able to function normally. In some situations the pain may be so severe that they may experience depression, insomnia, irritability and anxiety. However, this type of dental procedure will relieve the pain and discomfort that’s associated with a tooth’s damaged pulp chamber.

Why Choose Paramount for Root Canal Treatment in Round Rock, TX?

Some of the side effects of being subjugated to this kind of procedure include: sensitivity of the teeth, tenderness of the surrounding gum, swelling, uneven bites, minor-moderate pain and pressure around the affected area. However, the side effects that you will experience after a procedure has been conducted is partially based on the level of care that the operating dentist provides. This in itself is determined by his/her knowledge and experience when it comes to conducting root canals. We have been proudly serving the community by providing various affordable, yet effective dental procedures. As such, we have acquired a reputation as well as an invaluable amount of experience, when it comes to successfully completing root canal procedures, that require minor-post treatment care.