Dental pulp is the soft area in the center of a tooth where the veins, nerves, and connective tissues are located. If the dental pulp becomes infected or diseased, Drs. Vela and Arredondo may recommend a root canal in Corpus Christi, Texas. Root canal therapy is the process by which our dentists remove the infected dental pulp, clean out the inside of the tooth, and seal it. There are not always symptoms, but if you experience any of the following, root canal therapy may be necessary:
- Severe toothache
- Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Darkening of a tooth
- Swelling and pain in the gums
- A recurring pimple on the gums
To perform root canal therapy, our dentists will first take a dental X-ray to examine the shape of your root canals and to check for signs of infection in the surrounding bone. An access hole is made in the tooth, through which the infected pulp and debris is removed. Our dentists will use root canal files to clean out your tooth all the way down the root. Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it is sealed and the access hole is filled with a dental filling.
To learn more and to schedule your next appointment, contact Vela Dental Centers Crosstown today.