Magna, UT Root Canals
Causes for Root Canals
A root canal is used to treat a damaged pulp. The pulp of the tooth lies within it, and is the home of all of the blood vessels, nerves, and soft tissues. Some of the possible causes that could lead to an irritated or inflamed pulp include:
- Deep dental cavities
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked dental fillings
- Physical trauma to the tooth
Reasons to Get a Root Canal
When a pulp becomes infected or inflamed, the tooth cannot take in the nutrients or moisture that it needs to work and feel right. Because of this, a damaged pulp can create painful symptoms including:
- Severe and frequent toothaches
- Tender and swollen gums adjacent to the area
- Discolored tooth
- Heightened sensitivity to heat and cold
Receiving root canal therapy can relieve all of these symptoms. If you do not receive root canal therapy to remove the damaged pulp, you may suffer from the following problems in your future:
- Loose tooth that falls out or must be extracted
- Damage or deterioration of the jawbone
- An abscess that can lead to further damage to the bones
Root canal therapy can prevent all of these issues from occurring and allow you to better enjoy your daily life. Your teeth cannot function to their best ability when the pulp is damaged, but when it is removed, your teeth can perform perfectly again.
Root Canal Therapy
To relieve these symptoms and prevent these potential health issues, you may opt for root canal therapy. First, Dr. Cantwell will study the area with an X-ray and then administer a local anesthetic. He will make an opening in the crown of the tooth and proceed to remove the damaged pulp. He will clean all of the bacteria and debris from the root canal to prevent infection. He will then seal off the canal and fill it with a rubbery material. Finally, Dr. Cantwell will permanently fortify the area with a filling or crown so that you can enjoy a fully-functioning tooth again.
Root canal therapy will allow you to live your life comfortably and free from worry. Give us a call or contact us in Magna, UT today to set up your appointment.