When a tooth is decaying on the inside it can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort, a Round Rock toothache. If the pulp of the tooth, which is the soft inside area of the root that houses the blood vessels and nerves becomes damaged because of decay, a crack in the tooth, injury, gum disease or even from too many dental procedures it will become increasingly more damaged and cause pain or even an abscess. A root canal is a simple treatment that can clear out the pulp and save the tooth from eventual destruction. The doctors at Martin Endodontics have been specially trained to perform endodontic treatments (root canal) to alleviate pain and rid the tooth of infection and decay. Using the latest in dental equipment and technology including microscopes to aid treatment and 3-D digital imaging our office is capable of handling any endodontic procedure or emergency.
Root canals are one of the most common dental procedures with over 21 million performed every year. First the tooth and the area near the Round Rock toothache will be numbed using a local anesthetic. Our doctor will make a hole in the enamel, which is the outer layer of the tooth, down through the protective hard dentin and into the damaged pulp. Using our microscopes to locate the tooth’s roots our doctor will use special miniature hand instruments and inject fluid to clear all the pulp out of the tooth and clean it out. A mature tooth no longer needs the pulp for nourishment, which it will glean from the adjoining teeth and gums. After the infected and inflamed pulp has been removed the roots are filled with a biocompatible filling and sealed to keep decay from ever getting inside. A temporary filling may also be placed where the original access hole was drilled.
Most of the time an endodontic procedure will alleviate the pain of a Round Rock toothache and restore the tooth to good health. In a few instances the tooth may not heal correctly or becomes painful again, which can indicate that the tooth may have become re-infected or some other complication may have occurred. In these cases our doctor will perform another endodontic procedure known as an endodontic retreatment, which is essentially the same procedure as a root canal except that this time instead of removed infected pulp the doctor will remove the filling material from the original treatment and redo the endodontic therapy. Please call our office if you develop pain in a tooth.