A tooth’s pulp is the soft area where the veins, nerves, and connective tissues are located. If a patient’s tooth becomes infected or inflamed, Dr. Vela and Dr. Ng may recommend a root canal in Corpus Christi, Texas. Our dentists will remove the decayed dental pulp and clean the tooth thoroughly. The tooth is then sealed and a dental filling is placed.

If infected dental pulp is not removed, many dental issues may arise. Diseased pulp breaks down inside the pulp chamber and bacteria begins to multiply and spread. This bacteria can cause an infection. The spread of bacteria can also cause a pus-filled pocked called an abscess to form on the end of the tooth roots. Untreated diseased pulp can also cause swelling that can spread to the face, neck, or head. Infection in the root canal can cause bone loss around the tip of the tooth root. Infected dental pulp can also cause drainage problems going out from the tooth root. A hole can form through the side of the tooth, causing drainage into the gums or through the cheek and into the skin.

We encourage you to contact Vela Dental Centers Southside today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.