If you are noticing severe tooth pain when chewing or biting, darkening of your tooth, gum swelling and tenderness, and/or prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, then you may be in need of root canal treatment. At Mayfair Family Dentistry, we specialize in endodontics and would be more than happy to assist you with any root canal concerns.
The root canal procedure is the removal of a damaged pulp in the tooth where the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues are. These three things help grow the root of your tooth when your mouth is still developing. A fully-grown tooth can actually survive just fine without the pulp intact because the developmental phase has already passed. The surrounding tissues will aid in supplying nourishment to that tooth.
When the pulp chamber of a tooth has become infected, damaged or has begun to decay, root canal treatment may become necessary. Root canal treatment is a procedure that is performed to help relieve pain within the chamber of a tooth. You will most likely have your procedure done by an endodontist, who is a dentist specializing in treatments that involve the careful removal of the pulp inside the tooth. The endodontist will also clean, disinfect, and shape the tooth where the pulp once was. Finally, the procedure is finished by applying a filling to seal the space. A normal root canal treatment uses anesthetic and is normally no more painful than a typical filling.
Unfortunately, in some cases, even after the diseased pulp has been removed, an apicoectomy may be needed if the infection recurs or won’t completely dissipate. Sometimes, after a root canal treatment has been performed, small pieces of infected debris remain. If this happens, a surgical procedure called an apicoectomy will take place to remove the very tips of the tooth’s roots. In most cases, however, a traditional root canal treatment is sufficient in treating the infection.
If you have any questions or concerns about needing a root canal treatment, contact us today at Mayfair Family Dentistry, located on Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia, PA.