Root Canal Therapy in Temple, TX
When a bacterial infection finds its way into the inner pulp of a tooth, it leaves the person in extreme pain. Without intervention, the tooth may need to be extracted, and the infection could spread to other teeth and even throughout the body.
Root canal therapy provides the best chance to eliminate infection while saving the tooth itself. At Fairbanks Dental Association, our skilled dentist, Dr. Christopher Fairbanks, provides gentle and efficient root canal therapy to patients in need, maximizing patient comfort while bringing relief to their pain. If you are suffering from tooth pain, please do not hesitate to call our office and schedule a comprehensive dental exam.
Causes and Warning Signs of a Tooth Infection
The most common cause of a tooth infection is untreated tooth decay. Bacteria in the mouth feed on sugary foods, creating acidic plaque that eats away at the tooth’s enamel and dentin layers. Once the bacteria reach the pulp - the soft inner tissue comprised of nerves and blood vessels - it will rapidly cause infection and severe pain.
In most cases, a tooth infection may be identified by a number of symptoms, including:
- Severe, throbbing tooth pain (may radiate to the jaw, neck or ear)
- Sensitivity to extreme temperatures
- Sensitivity to pressure when chewing or biting
- Cheek swelling
- Swollen lymph nodes
However, it is important to note that an infection may still occur without presenting any symptoms at all. This is why it is essential to maintain your regular six-month checkups, so that potential problems may be found and treated quickly.
How Does Root Canal Therapy Preserve the Tooth?
Once the area has been anesthetized for patient comfort, the dentist begins the procedure by creating an access point to the tooth pulp. He then removes the infected tissue, along with any other part of the tooth that has decayed. The next step is to clean the root canals, then fill them with a stabilizing material. If necessary, stabilizing posts can be added to strengthen the root.
Once this process is complete, the tooth is cleaned, and a filling is added to the open cavity area. The tooth is further protected with the placement of a crown. The removal of infection results in quick alleviation of tooth pain, and once it has healed, the tooth will be able to function normally without pain or sensitivity.
Gentle, Compassionate Dental Care
At Fairbanks Dental Association, we understand the difference a gentle approach can make for a patient. Our office is kept clean and welcoming, and our friendly and efficient staff work to ensure that each patient is comfortable and relaxed during their visit.
We look forward to welcoming you to our dental family. Call our Temple office and schedule a visit today!