Posts for tag: Root Canal Treatment

By James B. Howell, D.M.D
February 25, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Often, when our Louisville patients think of root canal therapy they associate it with pain.  The pain experienced is from the infected tooth, which is then relieved through root canal therapy.  Known to restore and save an average of 17 million teeth each year, root canal treatment in Louisville helps to keep your tooth and stop the pain, which is always better than having a tooth extraction.  Root Canal Therapy

Understanding Root Canal Therapy

Your tooth is made up of a hard protective shell called enamel, a softer middle layer called dentin and a soft tissue inner layer called dental pulp.  Composed of nerve tissue, lymph tissue and blood vessels, the dental pulp is considered a vital part of your tooth.  If your dental pulp is severely damaged, the tooth begins to die.  Root canal therapy is often the best treatment to prevent and eliminate infection, preventing tooth loss. 

Signs you might need a root canal include:

  • Minimal to severe pain
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Swelling and irritation in the surrounding gum tissue
  • Signs of infection visible on a radiograph
Root canal therapy allows dentists to save your teeth in the safest way possible and is used to find the cause and treat the problems of the dental pulp.  The narrow channels beneath the pulp chamber in the inner part of your tooth are reshaped and cleaned through root canal therapy and the roots are filled with materials that are designed to prevent pain and infection from recurring. 
At the initial onset of any pain or discomfort with your teeth, consult our office to discuss your treatment options.  Our office will advise our patients in Louisville as to how root canal treatment can help stop your pain and treat the infection.

Louisville, KY Cosmetic Dentistry
James B. Howell, D.M.D.
3936 Dutchmans Lane
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 899-7766



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