What is a Root Canal?
During a root canal, a dentist removes diseased material (nerves, blood vessels and other tissues) from the inside of a damaged tooth. Without a root canal, these damaged teeth will die and need to be extracted.
The dentist will start by removing the tooth's diseased tissue. Next, they'll clean and disinfect the inner chamber before filling it with medicated material to prevent infection. To conclude the procedure, the tooth will usually be capped with a dental restoration such as a dental crown.
Why a Root Canal May Be Recommended
To relieve uncomfortable or painful symptoms and save your natural tooth, your dentist may recommend a root canal treatment. This procedure also limits the need for more extensive dental treatments in the future.
By eliminating bacteria and decay from the inner tooth, a dentist can help stop infection from spreading and restore the healthy part of the tooth.
Most patients who have root canals experience little pain or discomfort, and have a restored tooth by the end of the procedure. Most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime if cared for properly.
Signs You Need a Root Canal
Are you experiencing any of these signs or symptoms? Contact us. Our dental team can diagnose the issue, and determine treatment.
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Severe toothache pain
- Swelling and/or tenderness