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Something is amiss in your mouth. If you have any of the following symptoms, Dr. Kenneth Kirk may recommend root canal treatment:

• Severe toothache
• Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
• Discolored tooth
• Swollen, tender gums
• Persistent pimple on the gums

Be aware that sometimes no symptoms are present.

Why is a Root Canal Needed?
If a tooth experiences trauma, deep decay, or multiple procedures, the tooth’s pulp can become infected. The pulp is the area in the center of a tooth where the nerves, veins, and connective tissues are located. When the pulp becomes damaged, bacteria forms and multiplies in the pulp chamber. An abscess, which is a pus-filled pocket, can form on the root of the tooth. If this is not corrected, swelling may occur in the face, neck, or head. Infection in the root canal can also cause bone loss in the tooth root. Drainage issues can also occur, which can cause a hole in the tooth.

What is Root Canal Therapy?
During a root canal, Dr. Kenneth Kirk will remove the infected dental pulp from the inside of the tooth. The tooth’s roots are then cleaned and sealed. In many cases, a dental crown will be placed to protect a tooth that has had a root canal performed on it. Root canal therapy can save the tooth.

We welcome you to contact Houston Cosmetic & Family Dental Associates today to learn more about how a root canal in Spring, Texas, can help you and to schedule a visit with our dentist.