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If you currently have a tooth which is giving your grief because of persistent pain, our dentists, Dr. Raquel Wright and Dr. Navaneetha Natchimuthua may recommend a root canal to give you relief. If a tooth requires intervention and is left untreated, the pain will only grow worse as the tooth deteriorates. The good news is that today’s root canal is similar to receiving a dental filling.

At Smiley Dental Webb Chapel, our root canal treatment can help you experience relief for your toothache in Dallas, Texas, from the following:

  • A tooth that hurts when hot or cold food or drinks touch it and long after
  • A persistent toothache that is increasingly painful
  • Your tooth hurts when you bite down or chew food

Composition of a Tooth

When looking at the composition of a tooth, you will see the following: The outer layer is composed of a strong layer of tooth enamel. Beneath that lies a slightly softer material called dentin. Under the dentin you will find your tooth pulp, which consists of nerves, connective tissue and blood vessels providing nourishment to the tooth.

What most people don’t know is that while a tooth is growing it needs the tooth pulp to supply blood and nourishment. However, after a tooth has grown, it no longer requires the pulp as the tooth is nourished by the surrounding tissues. This means that the pulp can be removed from an infected tooth without harming your smile.

Root Canal Procedure

The procedure itself involves the following: First, our dentist will remove the infected tooth pulp. Next, the affected area will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected to prepare for the placement of gutta-percha. This rubberlike material seals and protects the hole left behind after the pulp is cleaned out. Then, a dental filling material will be placed over the gutta-percha. Finally, if the area is too big, or if too much of the tooth required removal, a crown may be required instead of a filling.

Dr. Wright and Dr. Natchimuthu and our Smiley Dental Webb Chapel team want to make sure you have the best possible dental experience when you visit our practice in Dallas, Texas. We invite you to call us at 214.635.2810 if you have a tooth that is giving you grief. We look forward to providing you with relief!