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If a tooth is too decayed to be treated with a dental filling, Dr. Scharla Collins may recommend a root canal in Mesquite, Texas. During this procedure, our dentist will remove the nerve and pulp from the inside of the tooth. The tooth is then cleaned and sealed.

Why Is a Root Canal Needed?
If a tooth experiences trauma, deep decay, or numerous procedures, the tooth’s pulp can become infected. The pulp is the area in the center of a tooth where the nerves, veins, and connective tissues are located. When the pulp becomes damaged, bacteria forms and multiplies in the pulp chamber. An abscess, which is a pus-filled pocket, can form on the root of the tooth. If this is not corrected, swelling may occur in the face, neck, or head. Infection in the root canal can also cause bone loss in the tooth root. Drainage issues can also occur, which can cause a hole in the tooth.

What Damages the Dental Pulp?
The tooth nerve or root can become inflamed, irritated, or infected because of deep decay, large fillings, a chip or crack in the tooth, trauma to the face, or repeated dental procedures on a tooth.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?
During a root canal, Dr. Scharla Collins will remove the infected dental pulp from the inside of the tooth. The tooth’s roots are then cleaned and sealed. In many cases, a crown will be placed to protect a tooth that has had a root canal performed on it. Root canal therapy can save the tooth.

How Can Root Canal Treatment Be Prevented?
As the nerve and pulp can become damaged because of deep decay, multiple procedures on a tooth, and large fillings, practicing good oral hygiene may reduce the need for root canal treatment. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting Texas Teeth at least twice a year for professional cleanings and exams. Trauma caused by sports-related injuries can be reduced by wearing a mouth guard.

We welcome you to contact Texas Teeth today at 972-270-2062 to learn more about root canal treatment and to schedule your next appointment.