The root canal is the interior portion of the tooth, where the soft tissues can be found. These soft tissues are called the pulp, and include nerve tissue, cardiovascular tissue, and connective tissue. If the interior of the tooth is damaged or becomes infected, you could develop a problem with the pulp.
Symptoms of a Root Canal Problem
A problem with the root canal can cause very uncomfortable symptoms. If you experience any symptoms indicating there might be an issue with the interior of a tooth, you should see your dentist as soon as possible. He might refer you to an endodontist, a dentist who specializes in problems with the tooth pulp.
- Symptoms that can indicate a problem with the root canal include:
- Extreme discomfort in a tooth
- Extreme sensitivity
- A change in the tooth’s color, usually to black or dark brown
- A blister or sore on the gum
- Swelling around the tooth
Your dentist will evaluate the condition of the tooth and determine what treatment is appropriate. If you do have an issue with the root canal, you might require a root canal treatment.
Treating a Root Canal Problem
Most issues with the tooth pulp occur because of severe decay or damage that allows bacteria into the tooth’s interior. Infection develops, creating a potentially serious problem. An endodontist can save the tooth by eliminating the infected tissue, then reinforcing the tooth so it is usable.
A root canal treatment involves drilling a hole in the tooth, then removing all the pulp from the interior. This includes removing nerve tissue from the tooth roots, thus eliminating all of the infection. The tooth interior is then sterilized, and a special resin is used to fill the inside of the tooth and provide support. To complete the procedure, your dentist fits the tooth with a dental crown. Without this treatment, a tooth with this type of damage would most likely need to be extracted. After a root canal treatment and a dental crown, the tooth remains intact and functional.
If you’re concerned about a tooth, call the office of Dan Bush today to speak with a caring member of our team!