When a tooth has become damaged, it can break or become decayed, resulting in infection or sometimes the need to be pulled before the infection gets worse. Root canals are procedures that save teeth without having to perform an extraction or having the tooth pulled. Oftentimes, infected and inflamed gums can cause an abscess or periodontal disease. Gum disease can end up damaging the tooth’s pulp. At West Houston Endodontics, we can perform an Energy Corridor root canal right in our own offices, which provide a clean and sterile environment. Patients may return home right after the procedure and rest as they heal from this painless, simple procedure.
Deep inside the tooth lies a soft inner tissue called pulp. When teeth mature, they are able to survive without the pulp by receiving nourishment from the surrounding tissues. Meanwhile, the pulp inside is surrounded by a layer called dentin. The dentin resides above the gum line and is protected by enamel. Below the gum line, the dentin is covered by another layer called cementum. If the pulp opens, it becomes exposed to bacteria and other things that can cause it to decay. If a cavity forms, it will begin to destroy the protective layers of enamel, leaving the area open to infection. If the inflammation and infection are left for too long an abscess can form. An abscess is a pus filled area of tissue that can spread quickly to become a dangerous infection. If you believe that you have an abscess, you should schedule an appointment immediately to have us check your teeth and see if you need an Energy Corridor root canal.
Sometimes, the inner pulp of the tooth can be damaged by other means. Periodontal disease or damage to the tooth may cause cracks or breakage. Even if the pulp has been damaged, it is not always necessary to pull the tooth. An Energy Corridor root canal can remove the damaged pulp, returning the tooth to a healthier state. This healing process is usually quick and painless. Healing may take slightly longer if an abscess has formed. In some cases, healing may take up to two years.