4420 Conlin Street, Suite 204, Metairie, LA 70006 | Phone (504) 456-0964

Root Canal Therapy

When the pulp (or nerve) of the tooth dies or becomes infected, root canal therapy is needed to save the tooth.

 

How do I know if I need a root canal?

 

  • Is your tooth sensitive to hot and cold
  • Is there Pain upon pressure/biting
  • Is there throbbing/severe pain
  • Do you have swelling
  • Do you have a bad Taste in mouth

 

Sometimes you may be unaware of the problem because there are no symptoms at all.

 

Causes of infection

 

The pulp (nerve) of the tooth is a soft tissue made up of blood vessels and nerves. It becomes infected most commonly due to a deep cavity, fracture, or trauma to the tooth. Bacteria are able to invade the inner layers of the tooth. The infection then spreads down through the roots of the tooth.

 

 

Diagnosis and Treatment

 

We will thoroughly examine your tooth to determine if the nerve is infected. The exam includes x-rays and checking the health of the tooth. Also, we may apply cold and heat, tap on the tooth to see if sensitive, or press gently on gums around tooth to check for pain.

 

If you have an infected tooth we will talk with you about root canal therapy to remove the infection. It is important to remove the infection to keep it from spreading into the bone causing a painful abscess.