Forest Lane Dental Family + Kids & Adults | General Dentistry
Root Canal Therapy
Dentist Northwest Dallas
Forest Lane Dental Family + Kids & Adults
When is Root Canal Therapy Needed?
Root canal treatment is needed when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the tooth, becomes infected or damaged. When the pulp is damaged, it begins to break down and bacteria multiply within the pulp chamber, eventually causing an infection or abscessed tooth. There are many possible causes of the damaged tooth pulp, including an untreated crack or chip in the tooth, deep decay, repeated dental procedures, large fillings, or trauma to the mouth or face.
Signs and Symptoms
Although our dentists will determine whether or not endodontic treatment is necessary to save your tooth via examination and x-rays, there are some common signs and symptoms to indicate when root canal therapy could be needed:
- Tooth pain upon chewing or application of pressure
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold
- Discoloration of tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in nearby gums, lymph nodes
- Persistent or recurring pimples on the gums
However, it is important to know that sometimes there are no symptoms, yet a tooth can still be infected or damaged. An infected tooth must be treated as soon as possible since infection in a single tooth can spread to other teeth, the surrounding gums, and even into the bone, face, neck, or head, causing further serious health complications.