Have you noticed any of the following symptoms?
- Swelling and tenderness in the gums
- Severe tooth pain, especially when biting or applying pressure
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
- A recurring or persistent pimple on the nearby gums
- Extreme tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
If so, your tooth may be infected or damaged in the dental pulp. The pulp is the innermost layer located in the center of the tooth. This contains the tooth nerves, blood vessels, and other tissues. If decay or damage reaches the pulp, it may become diseased and infected; when left untreated, this type of infection can eventually result in the death of the tooth and necessitate extraction. To avoid this, our dentist may recommend a treatment known as root canal therapy. During root canal therapy, Dr. Garner and Dr. Nichols remove the infected and damaged tissues from the tooth, thoroughly sanitizes the tooth, and fills the tooth with a medicated material. Finally, to restore the tooth’s structure and strength, we cap the tooth with a restoration like a crown. In just one or two appointments at Garner & Nichols Dental, we can restore your tooth’s health and relieve the pain caused by tooth infection. To find out if a root canal is right for you, we invite you to contact us today.