Dental pulp is the soft area in the center of a tooth where the veins, nerves, and connective tissues are located. If the dental pulp becomes infected or decayed, Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner may recommend a root canal in Burlington, Connecticut. Root canal therapy is the process by which our dentist removes the infected dental pulp from the tooth, cleans out the tooth, and seals it. There are not always symptoms, but if you experience any of the following, root canal therapy may be necessary:

  • Severe toothache
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Darkening of a tooth
  • Swelling and pain in the gums
  • A persistent pimple on the gums.

If infected dental pulp is not removed, it breaks down and bacteria start to spread in the pulp chamber. This can cause an infection. A pus-filled pocket called an abscess can also form at the end of the tooth’s root. Untreated decayed dental pulp can cause swelling that may spread to the face, neck, or head. Bone loss can occur around the tip of the tooth’s root. Infected pulp can also cause drainage problems that can cause a hole to form through the side of the tooth.

We encourage you to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.