When a tooth is affected by severe decay, there are some cases in which infection may spread to the pulp found in the center of the tooth. The pulp is made up of various nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues; when patients are experiencing tooth decay, or a cracked/chipped tooth begin to feel pain in the area, it is usually a result of the damage the infection is causing to the sensitive pulp.
Root canal treatments are designed to eliminate this pain by completely removing the infected pulp, thoroughly cleaning the area, filling the space with a dental filling, and covering the tooth with a protective dental crown to restore its strength and functionality.
Contrary to popular belief, root canal treatments actually cause little to no discomfort for patients, and the benefits that come from a restorative root canal treatment are endless:
If you notice symptoms of severe toothaches or swelling and tenderness around nearby gums, schedule an appointment with Dr. Novak at Richmond Dental today. He can carefully examine your tooth to see if you are in need of a root canal treatment.