Dental pulp is the soft area at the center of a tooth where the veins, nerves, and connective tissues are located. If the dental pulp becomes infected, our dentist may recommend a root canal in Blackfoot, Idaho. Root canal therapy is the process by which our dentist will remove the infected dental pulp, clean the tooth, and seal it. If you experience any of the following symptoms, root canal therapy may be necessary:
- Severe toothache
- Prolonged tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Darkening of a tooth
- Swelling and pain in the gums
- A recurring pimple on the gums
Our dentist will take an X-ray to examine the shape of the root canals and check for infection in the surrounding bone. An access hole is drilled into the tooth, through which our dentist will remove the infected dental pulp and debris. Our dentist will use root canal files to clean the tooth out all the way down the roots. When the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, our dentist will seal it using a sealer paste and a rubber compound. The access hole is closed using a dental filling.
To learn more and to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Damon T. Armstrong, contact Armstrong Dental today.