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Root Canals

Unfortunately, root canals have a bad reputation of being painful; however, they are a necessary part of your oral healthcare. Typically, root canals are only painful before they are done because an infection reaches the center of your tooth where the nerves are stored. Deep decay, a tooth injury, or a cracked tooth are three reasons Dr. Thomas may suggest a root canal. Below is more information about root canals and how they can help your smile.

How Does a Root Canal Form From Decay?

A common way that root canals form is from decay. It begins as a cavity that was formed by acids from foods and drinks which ate away the outer shell of the tooth. A simple filling can repair a cavity if it is shallow. However, if the cavity continues to develop, then the hole will extend through the outer layer, through the inner layer, and into the innermost layer. The best way to treat this is with a root canal. If you do not treat this right away, the tooth may have to be removed.

What Happens During A Root Canal?

Whether you need a root canal because of decay or a cracked tooth, the procedure is the same. Dr. Thomas and his team will remove the innermost layer of your tooth, called the pulp, which contains the blood vessels and nerves. To replace the pulp, Dr. Thomas will use a soft material called gutta-percha. If the tooth needs extra support, he can place a rod in the tooth to strengthen it. Next, Dr. Thomas will cement the area shut and cover it with a crown. This will restore the natural look and feel of your tooth.

What Will Happen If I Do Not Get A Root Canal?

You will need a root canal if your tooth’s innermost layer, also called the pulp, is damaged. The only other safe alternative is an extraction. If you do not get either procedure, you can develop an infection which can damage your oral and overall health. Once the pulp dies, the leftover tissue becomes a feasting ground for bacteria. The body cannot defend against this bacteria well because the blood supply, which carries bacteria fighting white-blood cells, is cut off. Next, a fluid-filled sac will form, called an abscess, which is an infection that can damage your jawbone and tooth. This infection can spread through your head, neck, and body. Lastly, it is painful to leave damaged pulp untreated. The best option is to visit Dr. Thomas in Granbury, Texas for a root canal.

You deserve the smile of your dreams!

If you are a toothache or if you have had a recent tooth injury, it is important to call Dr. Thomas and his team. Treating your tooth with restorative dentistry early is always the best solution to prevent further problems. For more information about Dr. Thomas and his team in Granbury, Texas, call our office today at (817)-579-0095!