A dentist can determine when you need root canal therapy to treat bacteria in your mouth.
Root canal therapy is a dental treatment option that addresses bacteria that has spread into the root canal of a tooth. When bacteria moves into the root canal, it can impact the pulp beneath the tooth, causing it to become infected and inflamed. This condition is typically quite painful and can cause shooting, searing pain when you chew or bite down on something. A dentist can determine when you need root canal therapy to treat bacteria in your mouth. If you’re dealing with discomfort when you chew or suspect you might need a root canal, contact us at the office Paul D. Nifong, Jr., DDS. We offer root canal therapy to patients located in and around Clemmons, North Carolina.
Inside of each tooth in your mouth, beneath the layer of enamel and the hard layer of dentin, is pulp. The pulp of your teeth is made up of blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerves, and each of these components aids in the proper development of the tooth. After each tooth is fully developed, it can survive without the pulp, which is why root canal therapy is a treatment option. By removing the infected, inflamed tissue, the tooth surrounding the pulp can actually be saved, allowing you to chew and eat normally. When a tooth doesn’t have pulp, it can receive its nourishment from the surrounding tissues.
Root canal therapy can help you keep your natural teeth while eliminating the pain and discomfort caused by infected pulp. If you have any questions about this treatment option or would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call.