What is Root Canal Therapy?

Dr. Miller, Dr. Hinds and Dr. Green perform a root canal to treat an infected or necrotic (dying) nerve of a tooth. The nerve and pulp (the innermost layer of the tooth) may become infected or diseased if decay or damage reach into the inner layers of the tooth and may require a root canal. Common signs of tooth infection include:

  • Increased, lingering tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
  • Darkening or discoloration of the tooth
  • Severe tooth pain, especially when chewing or biting down

Root canals treat a tooth with an infected or dying nerve which may eventually die, requiring extraction. In order to prevent this and to relieve the painful symptoms of tooth infection, our dentists may recommend root canal therapy. When the root canal is performed, this process disinfects the inside of the roots of the tooth, which is then filled and sealed to prevent further infection. After a root canal in Waco, TX is performed, the tooth is typically covered with a crown to prevent fracturing and maintain appearance. Properly maintained, teeth with root canals and crowns can last a lifetime. If you experience the above symptoms or any other forms of dental pain, we encourage you to contact Dr. Miller, Dr. Hinds or Dr. Green today at Creekwood Dental Arts.

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