Root Canal

Root Canal

Root canal. For some people, just hearing those two words can initiate thoughts of pain, discomfort and even fear. Ironically,  root canal therapy is intended to eliminate all of those: the pain of a toothache, the discomfort of swelling and, with modern anesthetics and dental technology, the fear of having a root canal. We can preserve your tooth and your natural smile with root canal therapy that is safe and comfortable.

What Makes a Root Canal Necessary?

To understand why you may need a root canal, let’s first consider the structure of a tooth. The hard, outer-most layer is called enamel. Under the enamel is dentin, the sensitive middle layer of a tooth. The innermost layer is called dental pulp. This soft pulp and the connected root canals contain nerve and lymph tissue, as well as blood vessels. If bacteria has access to this pulp whether through severe tooth decay, a deep crack in the tooth or traumatic injury to the face or head, then the pulp can become infected and the tooth may begin to die. In this case, a root canal is necessary to eliminate the infection and avoid tooth extraction.

Signs that may indicate a root canal is required include:

  • Moderate to severe tooth pain
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages
  • Swollen gum and soft tissue around the infected tooth
  • Obvious signs of infection on an x-ray


The Root Canal Procedure

Once you are comfortable, Dr. George Marquis and Dr. Doris Marquis will get to work removing the infection and restoring the tooth. To do this, the pulp chamber and root canals are accessed. Then, the pulp, the infection and any accompanying debris are cleaned away and the chamber is disinfected and filled with a biocompatible material. The dentist seals the chamber and the tooth is filled. More than likely, we’ll want to take an impression of the tooth in order to fabricate a crown. Once the dentists at Renew Dental are certain you’ve healed well, then they’ll place the crown over your tooth to protect it from any further damage.

If you are having toothache pain or any of the other signs that may indicate root canal is needed, then please make an appointment with our dentists in our Tupelo, MS, dental office. Renew Dental can take care of all your general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry needs. We are proud to serve patients in Tupelo, West Point, Oxford,Starkville, Columbus, and the surrounding communities. To learn more to to schedule an appointment contact us at (662) 823-7900.

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