Dental pulp is the soft area in the center of a tooth where the veins, nerves, and connective tissues are located. If the dental pulp becomes infected or decayed, our doctor may recommend a root canal. Root canal therapy is the process by which our dentists remove the infected dental pulp from a tooth, clean the tooth thoroughly, and seal the tooth. If you experience any of the following symptoms, root canal therapy may be necessary:

  • Severe toothache
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Darkening of a tooth
  • Swelling and pain in the gums
  • A recurring pimple in the gums

If infected dental pulp is not removed, it will break down and spread bacteria within the pulp chamber. This can lead to an infection. A pus-filled pocket called an abscess may also form at the end of the tooth roots. Untreated diseased pulp can also cause swelling in the face, neck, or head. Bone loss may occur around the tooth root. If infected pulp is not removed, drainage problems may occur from the root of the tooth. A hole may form through the side of the tooth, causing drainage into the gums or skin.

To learn more and to schedule your next appointment, contact Blue Ridge Dentistry today in Boone, North Carolina.