What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a procedure where your dentist removes diseased material (blood vessels, nerves and other tissues) from the interior of a damaged tooth. Without a root canal, damaged teeth may die and require extraction.
Your dentist will begin by removing the diseased tissue from the tooth. Next, they will clean and disinfect the inner chamber and fill it with medicated material to prevent infection. The tooth is generally capped with a dental restoration, such as a dental crown, to conclude the procedure.
Why a Root Canal May Be Recommended
A root canal treatment can help relieve your symptoms and save your natural tooth. The procedure may also reduce the need for future dental work.
By removing the decay and bacteria from the inner tooth, your dentist can help halt the spread of infection and restore the healthy portion of the tooth.
Most patients who have root canals may experience little discomfort or pain, but end up with a restored tooth. Most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime if cared for properly.
Signs You Need a Root Canal
If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms below, contact us. Our dental team can try and diagnose the issue, and determine treatment.
- Severe toothache pain
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Swelling and/or tenderness
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums