Tooth pulp is the soft tissue at the center of the tooth where the nerves and blood vessels are located. Root canal therapy is necessary when the pulp becomes infected or diseased. If you see any of the following signs, Dr. Carol Halloran may recommend a root canal in Waterloo, Iowa:

  • Severe toothache
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Swelling and tenderness in the gums
  • A persistent pimple on the gums

When performing root canal therapy, our dentist will take an X-ray to check the shape of the root canals. The X-ray will also be used to determine if there are any signs of infection in the bone surrounding the tooth. An access hole is drilled into the tooth, and the diseased pulp, bacteria, and debris are removed through this access hole. To finish the procedure, our dentist will fill and seal the tooth. A sealer paste and a rubber compound are used to accomplish this. In some cases, a crown will be placed to support the tooth and restore its original shape and strength. Our skilled dentist can typically finish this treatment in only one or two appointments at our comfortable office.

Contact Crossroads Dental today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.