Root Canal

Symptoms that Indicate the Need for a Root Canal

When you have tooth decay, the decay can generally be removed and the tooth structure filled or protected with a crown. However, when the pulp of your tooth becomes infected or damaged, it must be treated differently. You may need a root canal. A root canal removes the infection and saves your tooth, restoring the health of your smile. If you have tooth decay or severe pain, schedule a consultation with the office of Dr. Allen Huang for a root canal in Las Vegas, NV with our in house endodontist. Signs that you may need a root canal due to tooth decay or infection include the following:

  • Tooth pain
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Pain upon biting
  • Headache
  • Jaw pain
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Tooth decay
  • Abscess
  • Swelling of the teeth or jaw
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Dr. Chen explains what happens during the root canal procedure

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What to Expect from a Root Canal

The tooth pulp is located in the center of your tooth, in a pulp chamber, and is comprised of connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerve. There are numerous issues that may affect the pulp, including cracked teeth, injury, or a deep cavity caused by tooth decay. When the pulp becomes inflamed, it must be removed in order to save the tooth and prevent the surrounding tissue from becoming infected.

For this procedure, our endodontist will ensure your comfort during the visit by administering a local anesthetic. The pulp will be accessed through an opening in the top of your tooth and will be removed. The remaining hollow canals will be filled and sealed to prevent bacteria from accessing the structure. Once it has fully healed, a dental crown is then placed over your tooth to preserve its appearance and function.

Receiving root canal therapy is often necessary to save a badly damaged tooth. For more information or to schedule a consultation for root canal treatment with our endodontist, contact the office of Dr. Huang in Las Vegas, NV today.

Do I Really Need Treatment?

Without treatment from a doctor for root canals, pus from the infected tooth can spread to the root tip and eventually pass to the jaw bone. This can cause an abscess, or a pus pocket, that can damage the bone that surrounds the tooth. The pressure this causes can result in excruciating pain and, if left untreated, can be life threatening. An infected tooth or one that is suffering from tooth decay cannot heal on its own and will only get worse.