Monday, 1 February 2016

Signs You Need a Root Canal

Tooth pain can be caused by a number of factors, including gum disease, tooth decay and trauma. While easy to brush off, when tooth pain stems is caused by an infection of the tooth’s inner nerve or root system, a root canal is the most conservative way to treat the problem and protect the tooth from extraction.

A root canal is a minimally-invasive procedure during which infected tooth pulp and tissue are removed and root canals, or the passages that contain nerves and nourishing blood vessels are treated. As the pulp becomes infected and inflamed, it attacks the nerves and soft tissue, causing irreversible damage to the affected area.  

  • This endodontic procedure may be needed if you experience any of the following:
  • Tooth pain when eating, biting down or putting pressure on the tooth
  • Significant sensitivity to heat and cold items
  • Darkening of the tooth color
  • Small bump, swelling and tenderness near the affected area

What to Expect


Thanks to advancements in dentistry, the procedure and recovery take little time. The first step of the treatment is to assess the extent of the infection which is completed using x-rays or digital imaging.

During the actual procedure, patients are given a local anesthetic to prevent any discomfort or pain. Once a small access hole has been made in the top or behind the affected tooth, infected tissue and pulp are removed. The inner chamber and root area are then thoroughly cleaned, filled and temporarily covered to protect the area until the tooth is ready for the permanent restoration.  

After four to seven days the patient returns to receive the final restoration. During this visit, the tooth is covered with a porcelain crown, reinforcing the tooth and preventing reinfection. Once the crown has been placed, patients are able to return to their normal routines with a fully functional smile.

Our Cypress dentist, Dr. Cory Bailey performs root canals to save as much original tooth possible. This form of conservative dentistry will preserve the natural tooth to support the integrity of a healthy bite. If you are suffering from tooth pain that does not subside, please contact Bailey Dental Group to schedule an appointment.

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