A dental pulp is the soft, inner layer of your tooth, containing your nerves, connecting tissue, and other tissues. If your dental pulp becomes infected or destroyed, a root canal may be required to restore the function of your tooth. The affected tooth may be extremely sensitive to both temperature and pressure, which often causes intense pain. While no symptoms may be present in the initial stages, an abscess will form in the advanced stages of decay and infection.
Our dentist, Dr. Abernathy may recommend root canal therapy for one of the following reasons:
- The decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth)
- An infection or abscess inside the tooth or at the root tip has developed
- Trauma or injury to the tooth has occurred
- You are experiencing pain
During your root canal therapy, our team will carefully remove the infected area, clean and medicate the remaining tooth, and finally seal the tooth—most likely with a crown. Root canal therapy can provide full function back to your mouth and tooth. Please call our team at Lakeland Dental Care to schedule your next dental appointment and learn how you can achieve a healthy smile through a root canal in Jackson, Mississippi.