Root Canal Treatment in Ocean Springs, MS

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Root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is made necessary when a cavity is allowed, through neglect, to reach all the way to this pulp. (Regular cleanings and checkups can help prevent and detect problems early). On some occasions, deep restorations or trauma to a tooth may cause the nerve to be damaged to the point that it needs root canal therapy, as well. Once this occurs, the pulp becomes infected, and can even extend through the root tip and begin to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is an abscess). By the time the pulp is infected it must be treated and cannot heal on its own. This can even weaken the entire immune system. This can be dangerous, not to mention very painful. Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. In some cases no symptoms are apparent and the person is unaware of any problem until a checkup.
A root canal is then performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp and disinfect the canals of the tooth. The only other treatment would be to extract the tooth and you always want to retain as many of your natural teeth as possible. Once the infection is resolved, the canal(s) are filled in to prevent any further infection. Usually a core build-up and crown is recommended for restoring a tooth that has had root canal therapy since the tooth is considered “dead” and becomes brittle and easy to break.

If you are experiencing these symptoms, a root canal may be needed. It is important that you schedule an appointment with Timmons Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Ocean Springs, MS for caring treatment services before infection occurs.