Root Canal Therapy in Satellite Beach
Root canals have a bad reputation for being painful, but actually, root canal therapy significantly relieves the painful toothache associated with root canal infection, as well as the painful damage and decay of the inner layer of teeth, also known as the “pulp.” At Dr. Merrill A. Grant’s Satellite Beach, FL dentistry practice, our skilled team offers comfortable, effective root canal therapy to preserve natural dental structure. Teeth are comprised of three layers: the outer enamel, the supportive dentin, and the soft pulp, which houses the nerve systems of teeth. When decay or trauma reaches the pulp layer, the resulting damage is very painful because it directly irritates the nerve of the tooth. Left untreated, infection of the inner pulp layer of teeth leads to a number of complications, including:
- Tooth loss if the infection breaks down too much dental structure
- Periodontal disease or tooth abscess as the infection spreads into the gums through the tooth roots
- Overall health concerns if infection enters the blood stream
Root canal therapy relieves pain immediately by removing the infected pulp and dental nerve. Once the infected tissue is removed, the tooth is refilled with a biocompatible substance known as gutta percha. Then, the tooth is resealed. Finally, a dental crown is placed over the treated tooth to protect and restore dental structure. Following treatment, most patients experience relatively minor discomfort, similar to the pain that occurs during healing following the placement of a dental crown or filling. Contact our team right away if you experience any of the warning signs of root canal infection, including severe toothache, sensitivity to changes in temperature, and discoloration of teeth.