Loftus Family Dentistry
Joseph Loftus, DDS

An Umbrella with a Hole: Root Canal Therapy Explained

August 1, 2022
Posted By: Loftus Family Dentistry

Teeth endure intense conditions, high pressure on the fronts from almost everything you bite, extreme stress on your molars from chewing, and a constant inundation with saliva. But your teeth have evolved to withstand these circumstances, forming an umbrella of protection your tooth enamel provides.

This is why your tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body. Nature, it seems, plans for you to use your teeth for a lifetime. So when tooth decay creates a tooth cavity, it's like a hole in your umbrella, which lets in all the stuff you're trying to keep out. If you don't fix the hole, then over time, you can end up with an inner tooth infection and a fairly useless umbrella.

When this happens in North Dallas, Addison, Richardson, Carrollton, Plano, Farmers Branch, and Hebron, the Loftus Family Dentistry team will try to save your tooth using root canal therapy.

When Do You Need Root Canal Treatment?

While the term root canal is used interchangeably with the procedure, your root canal is also a structure within your tooth. Under your enamel umbrella, your tooth has a soft center called the pulp. This contains nerves and blood vessels that connect to your body via a slender passage in your tooth root.

If bacteria get into the pulp, it can lead to an infection and eventually become an abscess or an accumulation of infected fluid that becomes more and more painful.

Signs That You Need Root Canal Therapy

One problem with progressive infections is that they often grow without symptoms. But when they're bad enough to require a root canal procedure, you may experience the following:

  • Intense tooth pain, especially when biting or chewing
  • Sensitivity to temperature changes
  • Swelling or tenderness in your gums
  • Black spot on the painful tooth
  • Loose tooth
  • General fever

How We Perform Root Canal Therapy

After an exam and x-rays to determine if root canal treatment suits your situation, Dr. Loftus will numb your tooth and remove the top to access the pulp. After cleaning out all infected tissue, he will scour your root canals to ensure that once sealed, they will remain infection-free.

The final step in root canal therapy is tooth restoration to operate as a new umbrella for your remaining tooth. The most common is a porcelain dental crown that resembles your original tooth in shape and color so that it functions well and looks great.

Root Canal Therapy in North Dallas, TX

Tooth pain is never a welcome experience and could be a symptom of an inner tooth infection. However, we can relieve your pain and save your tooth with root canal therapy, and we welcome your call to our North Dallas dental office.

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