Dental pulp is the soft area in the center of a tooth where the veins, nerves, and connective tissues are located. When the dental pulp becomes infected or diseased, Dr. Roxanne Lawrence may recommend a root canal. There are not always symptoms, but if you experience any of the following, you may have infected dental pulp:

• Severe toothache
• Prolonged tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
• Discoloration of a tooth
• Swelling and pain in the gums
• A pimple on the gums that will not go away

Our dentist will take a dental X-ray to examine the shape of your root canals and check for signs of infection in the surrounding bone. An access hole is made in the tooth, through which the infected dental pulp, bacteria, and debris will be removed. Our dentist will use root canal files to clean out your tooth all the way down the roots. Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned out, our dentist will seal it with a sealer paste and a rubber compound. A dental filling is used to close the access hole.

We invite you to contact South Jackson Family Dental today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.