A toothache is often a sign that a tooth has become infected, and in many cases the only way to save it is with root canal therapy. Despite its reputation, root canal therapy isn’t especially painful compared to other dental treatments; in fact, it’d be more accurate to say that it’s a solution for the discomfort that an infected tooth can cause! Is there a problem with the pulp at the center of your tooth? Get in touch with us today for root canal therapy in Copperas Cove, TX!
At the beginning of the root canal procedure, a local anesthetic is used to numb your mouth. (You may also be sedated if you’re nervous or will have trouble sitting still.) We’ll create a small opening in your tooth in order to get at the soft pulp inside. The pulp will be removed along with the bacteria causing the infection, and we’ll use special files to clean the inside of the tooth. Because the tooth is likely to be weakened by the end of the treatment, we’ll usually place a crown over it.
The pulp inside your tooth is usually safe beneath the enamel, but it can easily become infected if exposed to harmful bacteria. This can easily happen as a result of deep decay that was not treated in a timely manner; it can also be a consequence of a crack or chip in the tooth that remains exposed for too long. If you received a faulty crown at another dental office, there is also a chance that the restoration could inadvertently invite inflammation to the pulp.
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